As professions such as coding and programming continue to gain popularity, it is important these individuals take the appropriate steps to protect their eyes. We’ve talked at length about the dangers of digital eye strain, and no one knows this better than programmers and coders. For those that love technology, finding ways to avoid eyestrain and protect your eyes is an absolute must, especially if your profession depends on it.
In 2017, the number of software developers in the world was 18.2 million, but this number is expected to reach nearly 27 million by the end of 2021. This is a 45 percent increase. This fast-growing industry is showing just how much our world is changing and becoming centered around technology and computers. In order for the individuals who work in coding, programming, or other related industries to maintain healthy vision, they must adopt a few important habits. As we’ve discussed in the past, the best way to ensure your vision and eyes are healthy is by coming in for a comprehensive eye exam. This is especially the case for those who work on their computers for a living, as their eyes are undoubtedly under more stress than others.
Tips for Keeping Your Eyes Healthy as a Coder
If you work as a coder or programmer, the first thing to keep in mind is that you should never skip your annual eye exam. This exam is in place not only to ensure the overall health and wellness of your eyes but look for any potential problem areas or conditions. In many cases, vision problems cannot be seen by the naked eye (no pun intended), but your optometrist has the tools to uncover any areas of concern. In addition to visiting your First Eye Care DFW eye doctor for an annual comprehensive exam, take the following tips into consideration to maintain healthy vision as a coder.
- Make sure your workspace is properly lighted – If possible, it is best to work in natural light with a window to either side of you, rather than in front or behind you. When using artificial light, position your screen to reduce any glares or reflections. You may need to test out a few different bulbs before you find the one that best suits your needs.
- Pay attention to your screen – Before sitting down to work for the day, make sure the brightness and contrast on your screen are at the right levels and position your screen 16 to 30 inches from your face. You want to be looking straight at your screen or at a very slight downward angle, as this will avoid straining your eyes.
- Remember to blink – This may seem like a no-brainer, but many who work on computer screens forget to blink, leading to dry eyes.
- Adopt the 20/20/20 rule – One of the best things you can do for your eyes when working on a computer is to remember the 20/20/20 rule – which means to take a break every 20 minutes and stare at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
- Give your eyes a break – After a long coding session, get in the habit of giving your eyes a rest. You can even give them some extra TLC by applying a warm compress, tea bags, or cucumbers.
In addition to the above, there are other ways coders and programmers can help protect their eyes. For example, try out one of the many chrome extensions (such as F.lux which adjusts your display’s color temperature according to the time of day and location) that are designed to reduce digital eye strain. There are also apps out there that monitor the amount of screen time you are spending on your phone in order to prevent overuse. If you have questions or would like to schedule a comprehensive eye exam, please contact First Eye Care DFW today.