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Combating Visual Fatigue

When you are staring at a computer screen for most of your day you’re probably familiar with dry, red and tired eyes. You’ve probably tried most of the popular solutions; shifting the window blinds, changing the angle of your laptop or monitor in relation to light sources, adjusting the brightness of the LCD screen or increasing the font size on the screen.

However, these are only stop gap solutions to a problem that won’t go away as long as you’re spending so much time in front of the screen. Protection for your eyes is important and the short term symptoms of eye fatigue (headaches, difficulty focusing and blurred vision) can make your life difficult.

Good Screen Protection Is Good Eye Protection

One way to combat computer eye strain is to install an antiglare screen protector. There are only a few on the market and they range from the bulky hang off the monitor type to the film overlay on the LCD screen. Using any of these, you can eliminate nearly all of the UV light that reflects from your screen into your eyes.

The most effective screen protector and the one that offers the best value for the money is the antiglare, non-adhesive screen protector offered by NuShield. The thin film slides between the LCD screen and the display case and stays in place without slipping. NuShield screen protectors absorb 99% of the UV rays hitting your LCD screen thus reducing the glare and UV light bounce back to your eyes. NuShield films are also easy to install, less than two minutes, and can be cleaned without harming the film or the computer screen.

Screen Protectors Are Only the First Step

There’s more to eliminating eye strain than using a screen protector, however. Screen protectors can act as antiglare devices, but they can’t change your viewing habits.

One of the quirks of human biology is that, for some reason, our blinking tends to slow when we’re performing visually intense activities. You can try to remind yourself by remembering to blink every few minutes or to try and look away from the screen from time to time. Try using a timer to make sure you look away from your screen every 30 minutes or so. Get up and walk around, and try to focus your eyes on something farther away.

If you wear contact lenses, leave them in the case when you’re doing computer work. Despite technological advances, eyes tend to dry out faster when they’re wearing contacts, so try using your glasses.

Keep a bottle of “rewetting drops” next to your desk for those days when your workload is intense. Contact lens wearers use them to moisten their eyes when contacts dry them out, but anyone can benefit from them. You can usually find them in any drugstore.

By combining a high-quality antiglare screen protector like NuShield with these simple steps, you can eliminate eye strain almost entirely.

NuShield provides antiglare screen protectors for a wide range of devices, from PC and Mac desktop LCD displays, tablets, laptops and notebooks to SmartPhones, PDAs, GPS devices and more. Custom-size screen protectors are also available.