No matter how you slice it, the world practically runs on computers. As a result, a substantial number of jobs require that employees sit in front of their computers for at least eight hours every day. Looking at a screen for a few hours can cause headaches and pain in the eyes, and over a few years, can cause computer vision syndrome.
Computer vision syndrome relates to eye- and vision-related problems that are associated with prolonged computer use. Over time, blurred vision and even blindness can occur.
Preventing Painful Eyestrain
Your vision is one of the most important senses you have. Losing it because of a work-related injury is devastating. Fortunately, you may be able to prevent the strain to begin with.
- Keep your distance. Keep at least an arm’s length between your eyes and the computer screen. Additionally, position the computer about four to eight inches below your eyes, allowing your neck to relax while you read.
- Print out long documents. Instead of reading lengthy articles on the screen, print them out. Your eyes will likely experience less strain looking at paper.
- Enlarge the text. Straining to read smaller text can cause pain and discomfort. Fortunately, you can easily enlarge the text on most keyboards by pressing the CTRL button and + simultaneously.
- Take a break. Take frequent breaks from working to give your eyes a chance to rest. Take a walk or simply look from the screen about every 15 minutes.
- Adjust the brightness and contrast. Turning the brightness down and contrast up is easier on the eyes than an extremely bright screen and black words that aren’t sharp.
- Receive regular exams. Have a doctor take a good look at your eyes at least once a year. Tell her about your computer use so that she looks for specific types of damage.
We Can Help
Too much strain on your eyes can result in permanent blindness. If you believe you deserve workers’ compensation for your eye problems, contact the attorneys of Johnson and Gilbert. We may be able to help.