We spend so much time in front of electronics, particularly computers, day in and day out. In fact, based on a study conducted by the US on national data screen usage, we spend 7.4 hours each day (including weekends) in front of electronic devices—so much time, in fact, that many of us suffer from aching eyes. There is now name for the aching eyes condition—Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS).

How many times have you ended the day with aching eyes? This is a sign that you need to take better care of your eyes throughout the day. Common symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome are tired eyes, blurred or double vision, dryness, redness, headaches, and neck and upper back pain. While there is no real evidence linking screen usage to long-term eye damage, it’s important that we take steps so that the end of the day doesn’t continually results in tired eyes and headaches.

Here are some steps for reducing symptoms:

  1. Adjust your workstation so that your screen is just below eye level and approximately 20 inches from your face. This should be the ideal positioning for rested eyes while working. In some cases, adjusting the brightness of the screen, making sure there is good lighting, and eliminating glares can help as well.
  2. Remember to blink throughout the day. Your eyes get dry while being opened for prolonged periods of time, which can cause redness and irritation.
  3. Take short breaks and look up and away from your screen throughout the day—every 20 minutes or so is ideal. If you take moments to glance out the window or at a distance, you are giving your eyes time to rest. It is literally like an exercise for your eyes—a helpful one at that.
  4. Get regular checkups for your eyes. It may seem obvious, but if the issue persists, there may be an issue with your prescription. An optometrist can get you on track with the right lenses so you’ll be seeing clear in no time.

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