Eyes and Computers

Computer use has become a part of everyday life. Many people spend eight hours a day or more looking at the screen. Our eyes, and the rest of our bodies for that matter, are not designed for this. Computer vision syndrome is just one of the problems you may develop from sitting at the computer for extended periods of time. In fact, as little as two hours of screen time a day can be harmful. Fortunately, there are things you can do to protect your eyes.

Tips to Prevent Computer Eye Strain

  • Keep light levels even between your monitor and surrounding light. You may need to reduce the brightness on your monitor and/or adjust the lighting in the room.
  • Position your monitor at eye level when sitting up straight. Looking down at your monitor causes poor posture and poor blood flow.
  • Get up and move around every half hour.
  • Look away from your computer, at something in the distance, for about 20 seconds every 20 minutes.
  • Do not forget to blink, and do it often.
  • If you wear corrective lenses, talk to your eye doctor about a prescription that is appropriate for your computer use.

Recognizing Computer Vision Syndrome
Symptoms of computer vision syndrome can include:

  • Headaches
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Blurry vision
  • Double vision
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Tired eyes
  • Irritated or dry eyes

If you use a computer every day you should have regular eye exams to monitor for any changes it might be causing in your vision. If you suffer from computer eye strain, please contact a qualified eye doctor in your area to learn more about solutions.