Before computers came along, the only sufferers of eye strain were scientists and doctors who had to stare through microscopes all day. Now, everyone who spends their workdays in front of a computer may get eye strain (amongst other physical complaints). Here are a few things that an optometrist might have to say about your eye strain and how he or she might treat it.

Avoid Staring at Your Screen When You Do Not Have To

If you have scheduled breaks throughout your workday, walk away from all computing devices, including smartphones. Your eyes need the break and so does your brain. Continued exposure to the artificial light produced by computers and mobile screens has been proven to mess with your body's natural circadian rhythms, along with causing irreversible damage to your optic nerves.

If you can, give your eyes a ten-minute break every two hours to reduce the effects of these screens' lights on your eyes. If you cannot take regular breaks for the health and well-being of your eyes and brain, then ask your optometrist about protective lenswear and special computer screens.

Protective Lenswear You Can Get from Your Optometrist

Your optometrist may have the newest in protective eyewear. These are work glasses that automatically reduce the amount and the effects of bright, fluorescent light. They have a coating on them that reduces glare, with a glass tint that blocks the artificial light without blocking your ability to see your work screen. You will have fewer episodes of eye strain, and may even experience fewer headaches that frequently accompany eye strain.

Special Computer Screens and Special Mobile Screen Features

There are two ways to deal with your bright computer screen at work, besides using the light adjustment knob. One is to buy or request from your employer a computer that already has a built-in computer screen that blocks glare and blaring light. The other is any type of screen cover that can effectively darken the light while allowing you to still see your work screens clearly.

Screen filters that fit over your mobile phone screen do the same thing as the special computer screens. Some smartphones also have a feature that allows you adjust the light output the screen has, utilizing a sliding touch bar on the phone to brighten or darken the phone's screen. If you cannot put down your phone when you take a break from your computer, these items may be the next best solution. Contact a company like Vision Eyeland Super Optical LLC for more information.