Q&A: How do you prevent eye strain from playing video games?

by David Jenyns

Question by Ilya S: How do you prevent eye strain from playing video games?
I play for an hour and my eyes kill me. Are there special glasses that reduce this strain?

Best answer:

Answer by sillywhiz32
Don’t know about glasses but there are anti-glare screens you can put over monitors to help. Of course if you’re playing console games then that won’t apply but you didn’t specify.

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rolando t October 31, 2012 at 4:58 pm

Sit farther away from TV, play less?

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alpha_male October 31, 2012 at 5:18 pm

the best advice is too take shrt breaks every hour, as these games do train your eyes

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lois d October 31, 2012 at 6:12 pm

to much gaming you need to back up and do half an hour then up it 5 minutes every week.

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Matthew N October 31, 2012 at 7:06 pm

Not that i know of, try sitting farther away from your t.v. you could just be to close.

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mattie October 31, 2012 at 7:33 pm

Stop sitting around playing video games. Go outside and do something.

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pugs5678 October 31, 2012 at 7:57 pm

play less

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rjm October 31, 2012 at 7:58 pm

Either get special glasses made for computer use or stop playing video games.

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jpmcinny October 31, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Don’t spend so much time playing videos – they are meant for entertainment purposes, not a life style

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d_nickolls October 31, 2012 at 8:34 pm

go have your eyes tested, you should be ok for one hour.

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Jennifer09xx October 31, 2012 at 9:28 pm

I don’t use glasses. I sit a little farther away because I have learned that sitting too close makes your eyes hurt.

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Glenn October 31, 2012 at 9:35 pm

get your eyes checked..I used to get headaches when played, then got glasses and am all good.

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dreama h October 31, 2012 at 10:05 pm

don’t stare at the game so long but keep focus if you now what i mean

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Poppy750z October 31, 2012 at 10:44 pm

Erm, i have one idea you can do, Play at least for about… 1 hour, or best is 30 minutes. 20 minutes is good too. After that, pause the game. Don’t look at the screen of whatever you are playing and look at something that is really far away and is green too. But the best is you look at mountains, if u can spot them. Or Trees that are far away but you can see them. Keep looking at them until you’re eye dosen’t hurt anymore and you can go back to playing.

This occurs when you are reading and looking at something too close sometimes. So the best idea is to get your eyes check month/weekly and look at far away green stuff. I hope i helped. Because this method helped for me when i am playing Computer Games.

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zerotimeforfun October 31, 2012 at 11:09 pm

I have the same problem. My eyes get strained from the glare off of the TV/Monitor. I’ve noticed that if I play in a dark room my eyes don’t get strained as quickly.

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pluginmaybe November 1, 2012 at 12:03 am

I was just about to say the opposite to zerotime, and tell you to make sure you’re in a well-lit room (natural light if possible.)
I guess, try a few different things and see if any work, and get your eyes checked just in case there is some underlying problem.

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nightslayin November 1, 2012 at 12:10 am

Umm play for 45min – an hour take a 15 min break and start playing again 🙂

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dean m November 1, 2012 at 12:57 am

play with your eyes closed

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