Updated: Jul 3
The majority of people today in offices spend a great deal of their time in front of the computer screen. All this computer use leaves a lot of people experiencing what the American Optometric Association refers to as “computer vision syndrome.” Computer vision syndrome has a range of symptoms that include headaches, blurred and double vision, inability to focus, eyestrain, neck and shoulder pain, and watery or dry eyes. It can be caused by spending a prolonged period of time putting a strain on the eye. Here are some tips for helping to prevent computer vision syndrome:
Blinking: To help keep the eyes from becoming dry, try to blink often. This will help to keep the eye surface moist and prevent it from drying out. Try opening and closing your eyes in a slower motion.
Palming: Close your eyes and gently rest the heels of your hands on your cheekbones, covering your eyes with your palms. Visualize blackness.
Increase the light: Not having a light on when you are using the computer (or television) can put more of a strain on your eyes. Be sure to put a light on, to help reduce the strain.
Check the position: The position of your computer can add to your eye strain. It is important that it is positioned a good distance away, around 20-28 inches from the eye, and that there are no glares on it. Re-position your computer to provide maximum eye comfort.
Take breaks: Even while on the job, it is important to give your eyes a break when using the computer. Ideally, aim for a 15-minute computer break every two hours, and look away from the computer screen for 20 seconds at least every 20 minutes.