Ergonomics and Combating Computer Vision Syndrome


Computer vision syndrome is becoming more and more serious as we all spend excessive hours in front of our computer screens. The average person can spend up to 90% of their workday at a computer, and then go home to work even more hours. This is can lead to stress in the back, neck, shoulders, and eyes.

Positioning your computer screen and keyboard in a more efficient manner can make a tremendous difference when it comes to overall comfort and one big tip can help your eyes.

For starters, your monitor should not be too far away or too close. If it is too far, you will begin to lean forward at your neck and put excess strain on your shoulders and back. If your screen is too close, your eyes will suffer as they constantly need to engage their accommodation muscles in order to maintain up close focus for prolonged periods of time.

Find the distance where you can sit comfortably with a relaxed neck and shoulders and still see the monitor clearly. You may also want to adjust the display size of your screen or wear computer glasses to take the edge off. Computer glasses are essentially low powered reading glasses that allow your eyes to relax, rather than continuously focus on the screen.

As far as monitor position, place the center of the monitor below eye level. When we focus up close for prolonged periods of time, we tend to slow down our blink rate. This leads to dry and uncomfortable eyes. Our tears naturally evaporate while our eyes are held open. If you look up, your eyes are more open and tears evaporate even faster. So having the monitor immediately down keeps your lids partially closed and will hold more moisture against your eye for a longer period of time.

By simply placing your computer monitor at the proper distance from your eyes and keeping it slightly below your line of sight, you will begin to notice more comfortable vision at the computer. This will also reduce strain that is often felt in your neck, back, and shoulders. Do not forget to look away and stand up every so often to give the rest of your body a break as well. Happy computing.

Sam Opal