According to a survey by enterprise mobility company Good Technology, most American employees render an hour of overtime per day, totaling to an extra whole day of work every week. It seems that the fear of losing one’s job in this tepid economy makes laborers work harder than ever. With longer working days, people are more prone to stare into their computer screens. This means more work for the eyes because text on a computer screen is not as sharp as those on a printed page. Screen glare and reflection also hamper proper viewing.
This eye discomfort suffered by those who sit in front of a computer day in and day out is known as the “Computer Vision Syndrome”. Some of its symptoms include eyestrain, blurred vision, dry eyes and headaches.
To avoid this, people can adjust their computer screens about 4 to 5 inches below eye level, thus limiting the cornea’s exposure to the screen. Sitting 18-24 inches away from a computer can also reduce eye strain, as does taking a quick break every 15 minutes or whenever the eyes feel tired. Of course, regular check-ups with an eye doctor is important to ensure healthy eyes that will perform well even on the longest work days.