8. Take frequent breaks.
To reduce your risk for computer vision syndrome and neck, back and shoulder pain, take frequent breaks during your computer work day.
COMPUTER VISION NEWS
New Report on Digital Eye Strain
January 2016 — "Eye Overexposed: The Digital Device Dilemma" is The Vision Council's latest report on digital eye strain.
Eye Overexposed: The Digital Device Dilemma
With our constant exposure to digital devices, the document reveals that not only young adults, but children and older folks, too, are experiencing symptoms like eye strain, headaches, dry eyes, blurred vision and pain in the neck, shoulder and back.
The report is full of new statistics that may surprise you. For example, more than 30 percent of Americans 60 and older have used digital devices for two or more hours per day for more than 15 years. And nearly nine of 10 young adults use two or more devices at a time.
Those numbers are based on findings from a late 2015 survey conducted by The Vision Council among 10,329 U.S. adults. The study updates previous yearly reports released by the organization. Download the report here. — L.S.
Many workers take only two 15-minute breaks from their computer throughout their work day. According to a recent NIOSH study, discomfort and eye strain were significantly reduced when computer workers took four additional five-minute "mini-breaks" throughout their work day.
And these supplementary breaks did not reduce the workers' productivity. Data entry speed was significantly faster as a result of the extra breaks, so work output was maintained even though the workers had 20 extra minutes of break time each day.
During your computer breaks, stand up, move about and stretch your arms, legs, back, neck and shoulders to reduce tension and muscle fatigue.
Check your local bookstore or consult your fitness club for suggestions on developing a quick sequence of exercises you can perform during your breaks and after work to reduce tension in your arms, neck, shoulders and back.