The majority of people today in offices spend a great deal of their time in front of the computer screen. Once people get home from work, they tend to fire up the home computer and use it for personal reasons. We can't avoid spending a lot of time in front of computer screens, these days. It's become a part of our everyday lives. There are preventative measures that can be taken to help keep the problems to a minimum. Computer vision syndrome has a range of symptoms that include headaches, blurred and double vision, inability to focus, eyestrain, neck and shoulder pain, and watery or dry eyes. Here are some tips for helping to prevent computer vision syndrome:
1) Check the Position: The position of your computer can add to your eye strain. It is important that it is positioned a good distance away, around 20-28 inches from the eye, and that there are no glares on it.
2) Take Breaks: Even while on the job, it is important to give your eyes a break when using the computer. Ideally, aim for a 15-minute computer break every two hours,
3) Palming: Close your eyes and gently rest the heels of your hands on your cheekbones, covering your eyes with your palms.
4) Blinking: To help keep the eyes from becoming dry, try to blink often. This will help to keep the eye surface moist and prevent it from drying out.
5) Exercise: Look away from your computer at least every 20 minutes and gaze at a distant object (at least 20 feet away) for at least 20 seconds. Some eye doctors call this the "20-20-20 rule." Looking far away relaxes the focusing muscle inside the eye to reduce fatigue. Another exercise is to look far away at an object for 10-15 seconds, then gaze at something up close for 10-15 seconds. Then look back at the distant object. Do this 10 times.