More and more jobs
require the use of computers. With the information age being
available on the computer, more and more people are spending
endless hours in front of the screen. After a long day in front
of the computer, it is common to start feeling tired, irritable,
or pain in the eyes or head. Staring at computers and forgetting
to relax and give the eyes a break can cause permanent damage
and eye problems.
No one is expected to
live a life without computers; we all need them and are use to
them being a part of our daily lives. However, it is important
to listen to our bodies and relax or take a break when
Listen to your body;
it knows better than you do when itís time for a break. Do not
work until your eyes burn; you missed all the previous signs.
Take short breaks every hour of work. This means get at least
once every hour and walk around. However, taking breaks isnít
enough. Look away from the screen every 15-20 minutes for a
minute or two. Look at things close and far away to allow the
eyes to adjust and move around. The goal is to avoid the strain
in the first place.
Blink as often as you
can to keep the eyes lubricated. Take a few minutes to roll the
eyeballs around; you can do this with your eyes open or closed
to avoid looking silly. Open and close your eyes often to give
them a short break. Yawn if you have too. Yawning stretches out
the jaw muscles and keeps them from becoming tense causing
headaches and eyes strain.
Move around as much as
possible. You should always be in a comfortable position so
adjust your body or chair as often as needed. Move the keyboard
or monitor so you arenít stretching your neck or looking at
things at a strange angle. Try to avoid glare on the monitor,
move it around as the sun moves or get a screen protector.
Keep the work area
bright and well lit. Bright lights lighten up the mood and keep
you feeling positive. Dim lights only bring down your mood and
cause you to feel sluggish. Making minor changes in the work
space and taking breaks often can keep long hours in front of
the computer from permanently damaging the eyes.