Can a laptop’s screen damage my eyes?

Saturday, March 21st, 2009 | Computer Usage, laptops

If you look at anything continuously for a long time, such as reading a book or watching TV, you may experience eye strain.  The same could happen if you look at a laptop’s screen for a long time.

Just looking at the screen is not harmful to your eyes.  Eye strain is caused by looking at the screen without a rest for long periods of time.  The good news is that the LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) screen of a laptop is easier on the eyes than the CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) screens of older desktop computers.

Teachers would not customarily look at a laptop screen for many hours on end and it is therefore unlikely that they would develop eye strain.  If your eyes are more sensitive than that of the average person, you may have to take precautions to protect them.  In some severe cases special spectacles could be prescribed by your optician.

Consider a few common sense measures that could alleviate the little bit of eye strain that you may have to endure.

Since eye strain is caused by long, uninterrupted periods of staring at the screen, take frequent breaks.  Get up and walk around – not only will it rest your eyes, but it will also be good for the rest of your body.

Blink more frequently – it rewets the eyes and prevents dryness and irritation.  If blinking is not sufficient, try eye drops to relieve itchy or scratchy eyes.

Adjust the lighting in the room until you feel comfortable.  This may require that you draw the curtains if there is a glare, or install an additional light if the environment is too dark.  Experiment with different light sources and settings until you are satisfied.

The brightness and contrast of your computer screen can be adjusted and it is suggested that you play around with these settings until you find a combination that is just right for you.

Change the position of the laptop so that the screen is a comfortable distance from your eyes.  You will be surprised at the difference that it could make if you move the laptop a few centimetres further or closer to you.

Anti-glare screen filters are useful when you have to work in an area where you can not change the environment.

These suggestions are easy to follow and do not cost you anything. 

Look after your eyes – you and your laptop will need them for many years.

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3 Comments to Can a laptop’s screen damage my eyes?

Albie
Saturday, 21 March, 2009

I don’t think it will damage your eyes sight “directly”, but prolonged usage of the laptop to do your admin work, blogging, websites, e-mails, Word, Software programs etc, does pt a train on your eyes.

Practising” all the above-mentioned points made by Kobus, definitely relieve, alleviate and relax the laptop strain on your eye, hands, elbows, wrists, back, knees, legs, arms and neck !!

Albie

Olaf
Monday, 15 November, 2010

My optician has diagnosed my right eye with an eye disease called Central Serous Retinopathy – and he claims that medical science has not found a cause for this condition. My right eye has lost its full capacity which it once had – which was 100% vision – now from an eye exam it is at about 75% vision. And I truly believe it was damaged by prolonged use of looking at my laptop screen. (Also my laptop screen has been tested by Asus Professionals and they state there is no fault with the monitor). I wonder what is the cause for my right eye deterioration.

imern
Thursday, 19 January, 2012

I have had my laptop for 3 months now but recently during winter break i was on the ;aptop constantly for hours. the laptop is on my lap:p not far from my eyes and now i feel that my eyesight is getting worse cuz i cnat see from the back of the room small letters like i did before my eye sight is -3.25 well was now i ahve to go for an eye test. can it be because of the laptop or somethjig nlese i am 13 and a girl

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