As an author, I spend an incredible amount of time in front of my computer. My eyes are often dry, and I suffer from eye fatigue at the end of each day. After spending a little time researching eye strain and computers, this is what I found:
1. Choose a sans serif font. Helvetica, Ariel, and Verdana all seemed to keep cropping up in my search for fonts + eye strain.
2. Font sizes of 12-14 were the most recommended.
3. Match your computer’s brightness to the surrounding area. Example, if the white background in this post seems like back lighting, your brightness level is too high. If the background seems too gray, it’s too dark.
4. Research suggests that black text on a white background is the easiest to read. Gray on white is the most difficult.
5. Place your display away from the glare of nearby windows.
6. If you wear glasses or contacts, ask your eye doctor about computer glasses. Computer glasses are specially tinted/coated to reduce glare and are supposed to reduce Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS), which causes dry/red eyes, blurred vision, eye fatigue, and headaches.
7. Blink frequently.
8. Take frequent breaks away from your computer.
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