How to avoid getting headaches and eyestrain while at your computer?
The use of technology in everyday lives is becoming progressively larger, with many spending hours every day, sat at a computer screen or in front of their mobile phones. Even though using these devices can create a lot of enjoyment, the light emitted by the screen, sadly can cause issues to our health. The most common problems caused through excessive staring at a screen include headaches, migraines and eye strain.
There are many factors that can create headaches and eye strain when sitting at your workstation, factors that many would not realise to be the cause of the fault.
Due to the ever changing face of working situations, we rely heavily on technology to run businesses worldwide. Finding a way to use our devices and computers without any problems or pain, would be beneficial to creating an efficient and proactive working day.
Here are some simple steps that you can incorporate into your working day, helping you to minimise the amount of headaches and eyestrain that you experience.
Take regular breaks
Working days can be extremely long and tiring, especially if you are sitting at a computer all day.
Even though many will just want to dive in and crack on with their work for the day, doing so without regular breaks can injure to the health of one of your eyes!
The American Optometric Association has found that it is very beneficial to take a 15 minute break after every 2 hours sat at your computer. This could be something as simple as making some food or refilling a drink. It may not seem like it will create a huge difference, however you will feel a clear improvement when returning to the computer, feeling more comfortable while allowing you to concentrate fully.
The change of scenery will also relieve the eyes and allow the muscles to relax as they will be used to focus on different objects rather than just a computer screen.
Reduce computer screen glare
Glare on computer screens is a major cause of eyestrain, which annoyingly can lead to a headache.
Many will assume a brightly lit computer screen is the best for having a perfect view and seeing their work clearly. However, if the screen is too harsh it can make your eyes work harder than they need too, stretching out your concentration and really, making a very uncomfortable work station.
It is likely that the bright screen light won’t cause instant discomfort, however, overtime the effects will become evident. By simply reducing the screen brightness or making the monitor a little further away from where you are situated, are brilliant ways to stop this issue from occurring.
Work in a properly lit area
Going hand in hand with correct screen brightness, is the light production around the workstation in the room.
Having uncovered windows, intense ceiling lights and reflections from other computer screens (if you are in an office), can also cause discomfort to your eyes and head. The fluorescent in lighting can also make your eyes strain just like an overlit computer screen.
It is important to ensure the lighting around the workstation corresponds well with how bright the computer screen is. This is because the lights can fight against each other and strain your eyes while deciding which light to concentrate most on.
It is similar to wearing a baseball cap to cover your eyes from the sun… there is an instant relief when there isn’t the intense glare beaming into your eyes (even if you are not looking directly at it). If there is a bright light shining down onto your face while looking at a computer screen, it creates the same issue.
It would be beneficial to work with various dimmer lights or dimming your computer screen. Similarly, changing the angles of the light around you so they can light the room, and not you or your face, will help in reducing eye strain from the intense lighting.
Keep the screen clean
As silly as this idea may seem, keeping the computer screen clean is a very important way to reduce chances of eyestrain and headaches.
Simply using a microfiber cloth to remove any dust, hairs or smudges on your screen will allow the computer to work properly to the settings it has been programmed to.
A layer of dust can reduce sharpness and eventually make your eyes work a lot harder than they need to, as the computer is not reflecting the power it is set at.
Have your eyes checked regularly
If all of the points above have not helped in reducing eye pain and headaches, or these are already set up perfectly around the workstation, then there is only one other solution. By booking yourself in for a regular eye check, you can discover why you are experiencing discomfort and how to prevent it.
It is found that between 19%-53% of people who sit at PC’s for a long period of time suffer from headaches as a frequent side effect from overuse and eye strain.
By having your eyes checked to ensure you do not need a stronger glasses prescription, or whether you will need to start wearing them, you can discover what is really causing the issue.
Many, however, do not realise that glasses can reduce the amount of discomfort that they experience when looking at a computer screen. Instead, they choose to put up with the discomfort and remain unsure of what is the cause.
By being in the habit of checking your eyesight on a yearly basis, you can discover the fault of the issue, while being confident that your eyes are healthy with a fit bill of health.
Computers are a vital part in our everyday lives, helping us to be more productive, while being the perfect tool to boost and expand your business.
However, like with all good things, through excessive use, computers can create annoying effects to our heads but our eyes also.
By following our suggested tips and by reducing the amount of time that you spend, staring at a screen, you can continue to work happily for years to come.
Thanks for reading!
Guest blog post: Charlotte Johnson; She just recently finished her studies; is working her way into
the world of content writing as a digital marketing assistant. She writes
for clients that specialise in wedding bands, procurement and workstations.