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Easy on the Eyes

April 27, 1998

Here are five eye-friendly tips if you regularly use a computer, according to Dr. Jonathan Macy of the Foundation for the Junior Blind:

* Place the top of the screen at, or slightly below, eye level.

* Place written materials as close to the screen as possible.

* Arrange lighting so that reflection and glare are minimized.

* If necessary, use different eyeglasses or contact lenses since the VDT screen must be kept in proper focus. Even people who do not normally wear glasses may find them beneficial. Computer bifocals are also available--the top of the lens is designed for the computer screen and the bottom of the lens is designed for nearer printed materials.

* Since computer work requires little change in body, head and eye position, it is important that you blink frequently, use artificial tears for lubrication and take periodic breaks.

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