Many of us have jobs that require up to eight hours a day in front of a screen. Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) affects 64%-90% of all office workers. It can cause headaches, dry eyes, blurred vision, and shoulder or neck pain. Hunching over a keyboard takes a toll on our bodies, and our eyes.
Computer Ergonomics Can Relieve Computer Eye Strain
Computer ergonomics is the science of designing a work environment that maximizes efficiency and reduces injury risk. Here are a few tips to reduce eye strain and other computer-associated issues:
- Sit with your head and neck upright and aligned with your torso.
- Always face your screen directly. Avoid having your back twisted or viewing your screen with your head turned.
- If you wear glasses, position yourself so you comfortably view your entire screen without tilting your head.
- Keep your mouse close to your keyboard so you aren’t constantly reaching for it.
- Try to get your computer screen so the top of the screen is at or below eye level. This will reduce the strain on your neck.
- Make sure your screen is the right distance from your face. It should be about an arms’ length away.
- Use the 20-20-20 rule. Look away from your screen every 20 minutes, at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
Give Your Eyes A Break
Try these tips to keep your eyes happier at work.
There are also a variety of lenses designed for computer use and also to reduce the blue light that is emitted by digital devices. Be sure to talk to a Vision Source optometrist about the nature of your job and he or she will be able to recommend lenses that are best suited for you and your individual needs.
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