Eye strain and eye irritation are the most frequent complaints among people who use computer monitors.

Common causes of eye strain are glare, insufficient lighting and prolonged use. Most problems can be fixed by adjusting your environment. For example, you can reduce glare on your screen by moving the computer so that the monitor is in your line of sight with a window, rather than facing it.

If this is not possible, there are very good anti-glare screens on the market that can reduce up to 99% of the glare and may also reduce radiation emissions. Harsh overhead lights and insufficient lighting can also cause eye strain. A lamp placed at the side of your desk may help to balance the light in the room and relax your eyes.

Prolonged work at your computer puts a greater strain on your eyes than reading paper. For this reason, it’s a good idea to take “eye-robics” breaks by forcing your eyes to alternately focus between distant and close objects. While you’re at it, why not do a few stretches or calisthenics to wake up the rest of your body.

Low humidity and prolonged computer use can also aggravate your eyes, which can lead to dry eye syndrome and headaches. The solution: frequent blinking and eye drops.

It’s easy to take our eyes and body for granted until the slow wear and tear prevents us from performing our best.

OSHA
www.osha-slc.gov/SLTC/index.html

Prevent Blindness America
www.preventblindness.org/safety/worksafe.html