Health & Nutrition Tips for Computer Eyes Print

The strain computers place on the eyes – Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) – is often the primary health complaint experienced in the office. Symptoms include fatigue, headache, dry eyes, pain around the eyes and difficulty in focussing. The following tips may assist in avoiding CVS.
  1. Bright ambient lighting causes glare. Reduce it by closing drapes, blinds etc and using low intensity bulbs. Position your monitor so that windows are to the side of the monitor, not to the front or back.
  2. Reduce glare with an anti glare screen and paint walls a dark colour with matte finish.
  3. The monitor should be an arm’s length away from the eyes.
  4. If you lean to read small type, increase font size.
  5. You blink five times less than usual when on the computer. This causes dry eyes. Blink 10 times every 30 minutes by closing the eyes very slowly.
  6. A 10 minute break is required each hour.
  7. Look away from the screen every 30 minutes and focus on a distant object for at least 5 seconds.

  1. Supplement with Omega-3 so your tears have enough oil and do not evaporate quickly.
  2. Eliminate artificial sweeteners. They overstimulate nerve endings in the eyes, leading to irritation.
  3. Drink carrot and beetroot juice regularly.
  4. Miswaak strengthens the eyesight.  
  5. Use preservative free artificial teardrops.
Vision Supplements in Multivitamins
Before you ask your doctor about taking mega-doses of vision supplements, take a look at the multivitamin you're taking now. You'll probably find you're already taking several of the following nutrients for healthy eyes. If not, look for these nutrients, in at least these amounts, when you buy a multivitamin or supplement:

•    Vitamin C, 250 mg
•    Vitamin E, 200 mg
•    Beta-carotene, 5,000 IU
•    Zinc, 25 mg
•    Zeaxanthin, 500 mcg
•    Selenium, 100 mcg
•    Lutein, 10 mg
•    Calcium, 500 mg
•    Thiamine, 2 mg
•    Folic acid, 800 mcg
•    Omega-3 essential fatty acids (including flaxseed oil), 2,000-3,000 mg
•    N-acetyl cysteine, 100 mg
•    Alpha lipoic acid, 100 mg

Protecting the eyes from forbidden sights offers not just spiritual benefit, but protects own physical sight as well.
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