Everyone uses computers in some form these days, and some people sue it more often than most. While computers and the Internet are amazingly useful, it must be said that spending prolonged periods in front the bright screen can cause heavy damage to your body – especially, your eyes.
Apart from poor circulation from sitting in one place for prolonged periods, loss of muscle tone from inactivity, and a general toll on the body, sitting in front of a computer screen for hours at a time can seriously impair your vision.
Symptoms include headaches, tired, achy eyes, dry eyes, blurred vision and neck pain. Fortunately, there are certain proactive measures you can take to successfully combat these issues.
Computer Vision Syndrome
Take Frequent Breaks
This is actually one of the golden rules of working with computers – take frequent breaks, if possible, every 20 minutes, or you can look away from the screen for a few minutes every 20 minutes.
Most people do not realize they tend to go for minutes at a time without blinking when concentrating on their work, or activity on the computer. Blink as often as you can to keep your eyes moist.
Get Good Lighting
Good lighting is not just pretty – it serves a useful purpose when you work with computers. Seeing the things on the computer screen with the aid of an alternate source of light (other than the illumination from the computer) will help save you the strain of trying to make out what you are supposed to be viewing.
Keep your computer screen a safe distance from your face, so as not to cause any discomfort to your eyes. 20 inches is a good distance. Also make sure to adjust the brightness/contrast of the screen to make the objects there stand out more.
See Your Eye Doctor
If you have any issues with your vision, make an appointment with your eye doctor to get a correct diagnosis and appropriate corrective measures.