How to Overcome Eye Strain When Working on a Computer All Day
Computers are part of our modern working environment and many of us spend most of our work hours each day sitting at a desk and looking at a screen.
This can have quite a detrimental effect on your health overall and can cause eye strain if you do not take steps to protect yourself in a number of ways.
The prospect of injuring yourself
Sitting for long periods of time at a computer can be really tough on your body and posture. Many of us sit in positions that are not natural for our body and this puts a strain on your hands, wrists, back and of course, your eyes.
The chances are that if you persist in this daily activity for a prolonged period of time you may well experience an element of pain and leave yourself susceptible to an injury known as Repetitive Strain Injury, attributed to overuse of certain parts of the body through repeating the same physical action.
The way that you sit at your desk and angle that you adopt is very important to the potential damage or injury you may leave yourself vulnerable to. You should aim to sit square in your chair with your behind firmly positioned in the middle of the seat and not perched on the edge or on either side.
Your legs should be bent at the knees and be resting on the floor and your back should ideally be touching the back of the seat at all times. It is all too easy to slouch or lean over the keyboard whilst typing but with a chair that has lower-back support you should be able to counteract this.
Protecting your eyes
Always aim to have your eyes checked at least every 12 months or at least every 2 years at the very most, especially if you are spending a substantial amount of time looking at a screen as part of your working day.
Eye strain can be avoided with the right glasses or if you prefer, you can get contact lenses without a prescription in order to make sure that your eyes can cope with the stress of looking at screen for long periods and the glare that is not always apparent to the naked eye.
The best angle for typing at is with your elbows bent at 90 degree angles and with your wrists straight and not angled up or down, with your fingers resting gently on the keys of the keyboard.
If it feels like you are having to stretch your fingers to reach the keyboard, then make sure that you move the keyboard closer to you. If possible, keep your fingers and wrists level with your forearms and consider using a wrist rest to help you stay in the right position.
If you experience any type of persistent pain in your wrist at any time then get it checked out by a doctor and also try to review your posture and typing position to alleviate the problem.
Eye strain is something that can be possibly avoided or at least reduced with the right measures, so give your eyes the best chance of staying healthy by adopting a good posture and protecting your vision while working at a computer screen.
Sarah Cole is an office designer. She loves to share her best tips for feeling better at work on small business blogs.