Avoiding Computer Eye Strain

Most office workers spend much of their day sitting in front of a computer. This can result in strain, twitches, and redness in the eyes. To ease eye problems, you may want to consider the following measures:

Keep a bottle of artificial tears at your desk. Eye drops can provide short-term relief by lubricating the surface of your eyes. If you don’t like applying eye drops, try to blink more instead.

Make sure your workspace has proper lighting. Cutting down on the amount of glare on your screen can help save your eyes from straining. You can do this by closing your blinds, minimizing the use of fluorescent lighting, and placing an anti-glare screen on your monitor. Take plenty of rest breaks to allow your eyes to relax. Even stepping away from your computer for five minutes at a time will help.

The position of your monitor plays an important role in the health of your eyes. Your face should be between 20 to 26 inches away from your screen. If you have trouble reading words on your monitor from that distance, increase the size of your text. Also a cleaning your monitor may help every now and then.

For people under the age of 40, the American Osteopathic Association recommends seeing an eye doctor at least every other year. If you are over 40, the AOA recommends scheduling annual appointments. An eye care provider can help recommend devices that might help, including special lenses or prescription drops.

For more information about preventing the aches and pains that come from sitting behind a desk, check out SORM’s Office Ergonomics video:

This quick and fun guide is designed to show how you can improve productivity, comfort, and safety by following simple ergonomic guidelines. This video covers the main components of office ergonomics including your work station, chair, keyboard, mouse, monitor, phone, and also includes stretching exercises.