Do you have headaches, tired eyes and sore muscles in your neck, back and shoulders at the end of the workday? If you spend much of the workday in front of a computer, you could be suffering from computer vision syndrome (CVS). The good news is that there is help.
First, be sure that you have the correct ergonomic setup. Your monitor should be 20 to 26 inches away and directly in front of you with the center of the screen four to nine inches below your straight-ahead gaze. Position your chair so that your arms are parallel to the floor when you type. Place your feet flat on the floor or on a footstool and keep your back straight and shoulders back when you type.
Finally, you may need computer glasses. Visual demands of using a computer are unlike those associated with most other activities. If you already wear glasses, they may not be the correct fit for computer work. That is because computer screens are usually positioned 20 to 26 inches from the user’s eyes. That is considered the intermediate zone of vision – closer than driving and farther away than reading. Young people are most likely to wear glasses to correct distance vision while those over 40 may wear reading glasses for near vision. Leaning forward or tipping the head back to see through the bottom portion of glasses can result in soreness in the neck, shoulders and back. If you are suffering from blurred vision and muscle aches of CVS, one of our optometrists can prescribe eyewear to give you a much more comfortable workday.