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Do your eyes constantly hurt or feel sore when staring at your computer screen at work? Chances are, you may be doing something that is causing strain to your eyes. This is common, as many people nowadays experience some form of digital eye strain or computer eye syndrome. Symptoms include red eyes, eye twitching, dry eyes and headaches. In this blog post, the Ophthalmic Consultants of Connecticutreveal common mistakes you may be making at your desk that are hurting your eyes, as well as solutions to relieve eye strain.

Mistake #1: You’re Sitting Too Close to Your Computer

Sitting too close to your computer (or staring at your smartphone or tablet too close) doesn’t cause permanent damage to your eyes but it does cause unnecessary strain. Position your computer screen 20 to 24 inches away from your eyes. Ideally, the center of your screen should be about 10 to 15 degrees below your eyes so your head and neck are comfortable.

Mistake #2: Your Computer Screen is Too Bright or Too Dark

The brightness of your computer screen should closely match the brightness of your surroundings. To determine the best brightness settings, look at the white background of a web page or word processing document. The screen may be too bright if it looks like a light source. On the other hand, if the screen looks too dull or gray, it may be too dark. Additionally, try adjusting the text size and contrast of the screen to make reading easier.

Mistake #3: You’re Not Taking Enough Breaks

Do you constantly experience neck, shoulder and back pains when sitting at your computer desk? Sitting in one place for an extended period of time can easily cause tension or muscle fatigue. Avoid eye, back and neck strain by standing up more often, stretching your arms, legs, neck and back. Set a reminder on your eye or write yourself a note on your desk to remind yourself to get up and move about every so often.

Mistake #4: You Don’t Blink Enough

Research shows people tend to blink much less while using a computer — about one-third as often as we normally do. Blinking helps moisten the eyes and prevents dryness and irritation. Try blinking 10 times every 20 minutes, each time closing your eyes very slowly, as if falling asleep.

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