Are you experiencing headaches when you work on your computer all day? It could be the screen. If you suspect that the screen may be causing your head to pound, here are some suggestions to cut down on the blinding glare.
For office workers and home business owners, the computer is a necessity. Whether it is a laptop or a PC, you rely on it to conduct your business. So, what can you do to stop the eyestrain.
Tip #1 – Unplug your laptop or find the dimmer keys. By default, most laptop screens are set to be brighter when it runs on AC power. A good laptop battery can run free of AC power for six or eight hours. Even a four-hour battery will serve you well. So, simply unplug. The screen is now dimmed since it is using the battery.
Alternatively, find the dimming/brightening keys on your laptop. This is usually a combination of an ‘Fn’ (function) key and another key. Then adjust the screen luminosity to be similar or just slightly brighter than the environment you are currently in.
Tip #2 – Use lamps and overhead lighting to compensate for a too-bright screen. When your work area is well-lit, there will be less contrast between your foreground (the screen) and the background (the wall/floor/window, etc, behind your screen) which means your eyes don’t have to work as hard.
A desk lamp can compensate for the low light and help reduce the eyestrain. If there is a sunny window behind your screen, consider rearranging your office or using a combination of blinds or curtains to soften the light and dim the background.
Tip #3 – Invest in a glare filter. For PCs the filter is made into a bracket that fits over the monitor screen. For long hours spent on the computer, your eyes won’t become strained and cause headaches. Using the filter all the time will benefit everyone who uses the computer.
For laptops, glare filters fit on the edges of the screen frame or directly on the screen. They can be removed when you are done working. Some glare filters even incorporate privacy so that no one can see what you are doing on your laptop unless they are directly in front of the screen.
Now you don’t have to wear your sunglasses indoors when working on your computer. You’re now equipped with something even better: Three solutions to stop the headaches and still get your work done. Or not. Your choice.