Squinting at computer, tablet, or mobile screens for hours at a time is a normal part of our lives in the 21st century. Unfortunately, eye problems associated with this activity are also on the rise. Even if you have never had eye problems before, you may have noticed computer vision syndrome symptoms after two or more hours of screen time. Signs include:
● Blurry vision● Eye strain and discomfort● Headaches● Dry, scratchy eyes● Neck and/or shoulder pain
Even if your symptoms are mild, they can worsen and cause other vision problems if not addressed. Our optometrist, Dr. Stoner, can help.
Adjust your monitor so that it is 15° to 20° lower than your eye level and between 20" to 28" inches away from you. Position reference materials between the monitor and keyboard or to the side for as little head movement as possible. Anti-glare screens can help reduce glare from surrounding lights. Be sure to maintain a proper posture.
Every 20 minutes during your work, look away toward a distant point for 20 seconds to refocus your eyes, and give them a 15-minute break after each 2-hour computer session. Also remember to blink more frequently to keep your eyes moist.
If you can, reposition any lighting (or your computer) to minimize glare and use natural lighting whenever possible.