Our office at the Four Corners Medical Arts Centre is located in the South-end of Sudbury. We have state-of-the-art equipment and technicians on-site, an eyewear gallery with a great selection of classic and contemporary styles.  
Four Corners Medical Arts Centre
2009 Long Lake Road, Suite 105
Sudbury, Ontario P3E 6C3
Tel. 705.675.2554
Fax: 705.675.2546
Email: eyedocs@eyedocs.ca
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Vision and Computers

With so many of us spending time in front of the computer every day it’s no surprise that research is showing a rise in visual problems. What can you do? First, it’s important to find out how you can protect your eyes through eye health exams and by making a few minor changes in your computer viewing habits.

Being far or near-sighted, having astigmatism can make computer use less comfortable and efficient. Depending on your condition, your eyes could exert extra focusing effort or be forced to work harder to maintain a clear image on the screen. The results are eye strain and fatigue.

Your Optometrist is your first line of defense in comfortable computing.

We need to know:

  • how many hours a day you use a computer or VDT
  • the distance from your eyes to your screen
  • the overall set up of your workstation and your main work tasks
  • the type and location of lighting in your computer area

Helpful tips to take the sting out of computer use

Positioning is everything

Correct positioning of your computer, keyboard and typing copy is essential. Your screen should be positioned about an arm’s length from your eyes and 20 degrees below eye level. Consider foot and wrist rests for added comfort.

Lighting can make all the difference

Room lighting should be diffuse, not direct, to reduce glare and reflections from your screen. Look into an internal or external glare screen and be sure to set the color, contrast and brightness levels to suit you.

A little extra help for your glasses

Anti-reflective coatings on the lenses of your glasses can be applied to reduce discomfort. And don’t forget, your doctor of optometry can talk to you about eyeglasses designed specifically for people who use computers a lot.

Take time out, our 20-20-20 rule

Taking a break from your work isn’t just a nice idea, it’s essential to the health and comfort of your eyes. Optometrists recommend the 20-20-20 rule… every 20 minutes take a 20 second break and focus your eyes on something at least 20 feet away (the coffee machine possibly!). This will give your eyes a much-needed break and reduce some of the symptoms mentioned earlier.

It’s all in the blinking

Did you know that on average we blink 12 times per minute? But wait, did you know that when we’re on the computer we only blink 5 times per minute? That can add up to dry eyes. Relieve the discomfort by using artificial tear drops or gels and remember to blink!