Here's how to avoid eye strain even though you stare at your computer all day
It happens to everyone
If you work at a desk job, chances are you spend most of your day staring at a screen. And chances are you’re experiencing some of the following symptoms: eye strain, dry eyes, headache, and sore neck. Sound familiar?
Of course, not staring at a computer all day would be a great fix, but unfortunately, many don’t have that luxury. So what can you do to feel better while you fix your eyes on a screen for eight hours a day?
- Adjust your screen brightness. A bright screen is hard on the eyes. You want something that’s about the same brightness as the room where you’re working. You can even decrease the blue light output of your screen to make it a little less glaringly bright. Set the text to be a size that doesn’t require you to squint in order to see it. And make sure you clean your screen frequently so that you’re not peering past a layer of dust.
- Fix your posture. Sit straight, look straight ahead and not down (you may need to buy a stand for your computer to make this possible), and engage your core muscles. In addition to having your laptop at the right height, it should be about an arm’s length away to prevent eye strain and neck pain.
- Remember to blink. Seriously, you don’t blink as much as you should when you’re staring at the screen, and the result is dry eyes. Do yourself a favor and blink intentionally every now and then. If your eyes are still feeling dry, try using moisturizing eye drops.
- Take lots of breaks! Take a brief stroll around the office about once an hour to give your muscles a stretch and your eyes a rest.
- Give your eyes extra breaks. They need ‘em. Every 20 minutes, stare at something about 20 feet away for about 20 seconds. This keeps your eye muscles active rather than freezing them in one position all day.
- You hunch a lot, probably, or at least you spend a lot of time in one posture. Try to stretch every now and then. You don’t even have to leave your chair to do it.
These tips should make you a lot more comfortable, but if your eyes are bothering you anyway, try giving the surrounding muscles a massage. And consider going to the eye doctor, as it’s possible your problem is partially caused by a need for glasses or a new prescription!