Symptoms and solutions

Common symptoms of "computers vision syndrome"

  • Dry, burning, red or itchy eyes
  • Tired eyes
  • Blurred distance or near vision
  • Double vision
  • Headaches
  • Light sensitivity
  • Neck or backache

Factors that contribute to eye discomfort:

  • Maintaining a fixed and close visual distance for a long time
  • Inappropriate lighting
  • Unsuitable workstations (dimensions and arrangement)
  • Low ambient humidity
  • Uncorrected vision problems

What can you do individually to reduce eye strain?

  • Check your vision every one or two years, as recommended by your eye specialist
  • Provide your eye examiner with information about your job
  • Consider using task-specific computer glasses
  • Make sure your monitor is correctly set up and positioned to minimize glare
  • Take frequent short breaks to do eye relaxation exercises

For more information

A good discussion of computer lighting and ergonomics:

On computer ergonomics:

The NJEA Reporter has published several articles on office hazards and ergonomics.