If you use a computer during much of the workday, you may suffer from eyestrain. Working in an environment with lights that are too bright or too dim, doing activities that require you to focus for long periods of time, stress, fatigue, and dry air can also contribute to the problem.
Eyestrain can make your eyes feel itchy, create a burning sensation, and make your eyes either dry or watery. You may also have headaches or feel soreness in your neck, shoulders, or back. You may experience blurry or double vision, and your eyes may be unusually sensitive to light.
Any or all of those symptoms can make it difficult to focus on your job. Fortunately, some simple changes may help.
Take Breaks from Your Screen
If you spend a significant amount of time looking at a computer screen, it’s important to take frequent breaks to prevent eye strain. Every 20 minutes, take 20 seconds to look at something 20 feet away from you.
Adjust the Lighting and Your Computer
If glare is a problem, consider turning off an overhead light, using a desk lamp, closing the blinds when the sun is bright, or using an anti-glare cover on your computer screen.
If you use a desk lamp, position it so that the light is in front of you and the shade keeps it from shining into your eyes. If you have to read printed materials at your desk, try to position yourself and the document so that the light is behind you and shining onto the paper.
The position of your monitor can contribute to eyestrain. It should be placed about an arm’s length away from you, and the top of the screen should be right around eye level, or slightly below. If necessary, adjust the height of your chair.
Keep Your Eyes from Drying Out
A simple way to keep your eyes moist is to make a conscious effort to blink more often, especially when using a computer. Blinking produces tears that naturally lubricate the eyes.
Over-the-counter lubricating eyedrops can provide relief for dry eyes. Don’t use eyedrops with a redness remover because that type of product can actually dry your eyes out even more. If you need help selecting eyedrops, ask your doctor for advice.
Dry air in the office can lead to eyestrain. If you work near a heating vent or a fan and you think that may be a factor, talk to your boss about moving your desk.
Consult Your Doctor
If making these changes doesn’t help, schedule an appointment with your doctor to discuss other solutions. Sometimes eyestrain requires medical treatment, such as prescription glasses or contact lenses.
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