Woman with Computer Vision SyndromeIf you find yourself battling a headache every night after work, it may not be the stress that’s doing it to you. In fact, it’s highly likely that your digital devices are the culprit. Staring all day at a computer screen can lead to a condition called Computer Vision Syndrome, which can cause not only headaches but blurry vision, dry and itchy eyes, and sensitivity to light. Those who spend more than 2 hours straight every day at a computer screen — so, all of us — are at the greatest risk.

That said, there’s a lot you can do to prevent Computer Vision Syndrome, including:

1) Placing Your Devices at the Proper Distance

If you’re like most people, your screen is far too close to you — especially if you’re reading from a tiny smartphone or tablet screen. But screens that are too close are much more difficult for your eyes to focus, meaning they’ll fatigue much more quickly. To prevent this, always keep your digital screens an arm’s length away, increasing font size as needed. A laptop and tablet stand is a great way to do this, as it will instantly bring the screen of your mobile devices to the right height, and it’s easy to place as far away as you need it to be.

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2) Blink More (and Use Eyedrops)

Numerous studies have shown that we do a whole lot less blinking when looking at digital screens rather than paper or e-ink. What’s more, when we read on screens we tend to look straight ahead rather than down into our laps as we would with a printed book. This increases the amount of surface area of the eye exposed to the air as the eyelid covers less, and in turn causes dry and itchy eyes. To prevent this, take a break to focus your eyes elsewhere every 10 minutes or so, and use eyedrops to keep your eyes lubricated.

3) Keep Brighntness High

Up to a point, the higher the brightness, the better you’ll be able to read your screen without straining and the less glare you’ll encounter. Overall, the less your eyes have to strain read what’s on screen, the better you’ll feel at the end of the day.

For more on Computer Vision Syndrome, we highly recommend reading this Washington Post article, How Bad for Your Eyes Are Computer Screens?

How do you keep your eyes healthy at the office? Let us know in the comments below.