AVOIDING COMPUTER-RELATED OVERUSE INJURIES
These days the number of computer users has been growing on a fast track and those who don’t surf the Net might be seen as hopelessly old-fashioned.
Indubitably, the increase of computer users also means that more people—75 percent of those working on a computer each day—fall prey to computer vision syndrome (CVS).
Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS)
Symptoms of CVS include burning/dry/tired eyes, blurred vision, headaches, and neck, back and shoulder pains, caused by a mix of faulty workstation set-up and incorrect computing posture habits like staring at a computer screen for long periods of time, insufficient light source, inappropriate distance and angel degrees between the screen and the user’s eyes.
If you are in this high risk group but have not yet developed any symptoms, it’s better to pay attention to your workstation and avoid unnecessary physical comfort by utilizing these following tips:
Learning to Rest :
Every 20 to 30 minutes spent in front of a computer screen, take regular breaks, around two or three minutes each, from computer use.
Controlling Ambient Light :
You can reduce eyestrain by setting the brightness of your computer monitor to the highest comfortable to your eyes. Arrange your environment to avoid the screen reflecting the bright light and intense light sources.
Getting the Screen in the Best Position :
For comfortable viewing of images on a computer screen, place the monitor approximately 16 to 20 inches far from your eyes and at about 20 degrees
(or slightly lower) below seated eye level.
The positioning of the keyboard and mouse are also critical, and both should be at a height that allows proper support for arms with a shoulder rest. The chair should be positioned correctly. Make sure that you have your feet firmly on the floor so that you can sit comfortably for hours with effortless good posture. Then you will gain energy and ready to gear up your work without ruining your health.