Sitting and staring at a computer all day accompanies most jobs, but positioning yourself and the computer in a specific way may help alleviate the effects of computer vision syndrome, said Baylor College of Medicine Ophthalmologist Dr. Sumitra Khandelwal.
Computer vision syndrome occurs when a person stares at the computer too long, she said. It may be accompanied with temporary blurry vision and headaches.
The good news is that small, practical steps can be taken to help alleviate these effects. Khandelwal suggests:
- Positioning the computer screen lower than eye level. Your eye should focus 10-15 degrees downward towards the computer to prevent neck strain and protect the eyes.
- Keeping the display should be 20 – 28 inches away from your eyes and use a copy stand if you anticipate your eyes going back and forth between reading and using the computer.
- Trying your best to sit up straight, not slouched down with elbows on the desk. If a foot rest is available, it may help you sit up straight.
- Blinking more. When you stare at the computer, you blink 50 percent less. Taking breaks to blink, walk around and use over-the-counter lubricating eye drops is important.
- Following the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, take 20 seconds to look at something 20 feet away. This will help relax your eyes.
-By Glenna Vickers