The 7 Most Common Eye Problems with Computer Screens at Work

If you think that sitting in front of a screen for 40+ hours a week is surely going to take its toll on your eyes, well you’d be right. Looking at monitors all day for increasingly long periods at a time is not good for your eyes at all and can lead to computer vision syndrome.


"Research shows that between 50 percent and 90 percent of people who work at a computer screen have at least some symptoms of computer vision syndrome."


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Have you ever experienced the side effects of computer vision syndrome? Or think you have but not too sure what the symptoms are? Well, this post will outline the seven most common eye problems with computer screens.

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The Seven Most Common Eye Problems

Computer screen damage is usually not too serious and will not cause you long-term vision issues. The symptoms usually go away on their own after a while but you should look out for: 

  • Blurred or double vision.
  • Eye twitching.
  • Headaches.
  • Watery eyes.
  • Dry eyes.
  • Focusing abnormalities.
  • Being more sensitive to bright lights.


What Causes Computer Screen Syndrome?

On the whole, this one is pretty self-explanatory. Computer screen syndrome is developed by too much exposure to computer screens. We know, hard to believe really.

Over the course of the days, weeks and months that you sit in front of a monitor at your desk, your eyes follow the same path time and time again. And the longer you sit there, the more detrimental this can be to the health of your eyes.

If you’re sat in front of a computer at work all day, your eyes are working to maintain a constant focus throughout the day. They get a good workout, so it’s no surprise that sometimes they may be causing you a bit of discomfort. Just like any other body part would if you intensely trained it every day.

Not only does the screen cause them damage, but switching from your screen to look at some paper or changing images can also have an impact. All of these activities require a constant focus on near objects and a lot of muscular work from your eyes, which is why you may feel sometimes discomfort after a long week at work.

What doesn’t help either is that your computer screen adds glare and flicker too, which makes the eyes work even harder.

You’re more likely to feel the above symptoms if you already have eye problems. For example, if you need glasses but don’t use them, you’re already straining yourself and doing no good.

It’s not just computer screens that can damage your eyes. Other screens like the TV or smartphones can have a negative impact too.

How Can You Reduce The Risk of Computer Screen Syndrome?

There are various ways in which you can reduce your risks of being affected by computer screen syndrome. These are pretty simple steps that you can easily do yourself:

  • Take short breaks away from your computer screen at least once per hour. For example, get up and physically move away from your screen and try not to use your smartphone in this break time.
  • Use a timer app on your phone to alert you once per hour and take a quick break - apps like Chime for iOS or Chime Pro for Android will do the job.
  • Keep your computer screen clean. Dirty screens will only make your eyes work harder for you to see what’s on your screen.
  • Be conscious of blinking regularly. Not blinking enough leads to dehydrated eyes. However, don’t overthink it. You want to be concentrating on your work, not making sure that you’re blinking enough. Again, a timer chime app can help, reminding you to do some good blinks every thirty minutes.
  • Choose the optimal angle, height and distance of your screen. Being the wrong distance away from your screen can increase the chances of muscle strain and visual discomfort.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
  • Windows and overhead lights can cause glare. If your desk is at the wrong angle and lighting, let your boss know and ask to move.
  • Regular eye checks are essential to check whether you should be wearing glasses or contact lenses and to make sure you’re wearing the correct prescription. Wearing the wrong prescription could increase the discomfort.

Can Focus Clinic Help?

If your computer screen syndrome symptoms are not shifting and you’re getting fed up with them, you may benefit from laser eye surgery.

You’re going to want an experienced and skilled surgeon to carry the procedures out correctly. Nothing but the best, and with Focus Clinic that’s what you undoubtedly get.

At Focus Clinic, we’re the only clinic in the country with a 100 percent success rate. This is why we’re the UK’s most trusted laser eye surgery clinic and why we’re rated #1 on independent review site Trustpilot.

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