It seems nearly everyone in this digital world is spending a lot of time in front of a computer, which can strain the eyes. Anyone who uses a computer for prolonged periods, whether on a job, at school, or at home is at risk for headaches, red and burning eyes, a stiff neck, and other symptoms that comprise computer vision syndrome (CVS).
Here are some ways to avoid computer eye strain:
• Make sure your eyeglass prescription is up to date. If you wear bifocals or trifocals, you should be able to comfortably view your computer screen without tilting your head back. If this is not the case, consider purchasing computer glasses.
• Upgrade to a high-resolution flat panel display monitor and increase your font size for less eye fatigue.
• Position the monitor about 20” from your eyes so you can comfortably read the screen without leaning forward.
• Adjust the position of your monitor to prevent reflections of overhead and outdoor lighting from appearing on your screen.
• Sit up straight and face your computer screen directly so your head and neck are upright and in-line with your torso.
• Sit in a chair that provides supports for your lower back and has a cushioned seat with a contoured front edge.
• Keep your mouse close to your keyboard so you don’t have to reach for it.
• Avoid computer stare and follow the 20 by 4 rule. Keep your eyes at least 20 inches from your screen and take a 20 second break every 20 minutes to look at something at least 20 feet away.
The good news is you can reduce computer related discomfort by adjusting your workstation and practice using these healthy habits listed in this article. Don’t hesitate to see an eye doctor if the problems continue or seem to get worse.