Headaches and itchy eyes are common when working in front of a screen. Neck discomfort or neck pain are other ailments associated with spending so many hours in front of a computer and can lead to headaches or dizziness. In addition, when we get home we don't let our eyes rest either, as we frequently consult our Smartphone or Tablet.
That's why we're going to give you some tips to prevent both eye strain and posture at your workplace, another of the main problems when we spend long hours in front of the computer.
To prevent and avoid the symptoms of eyestrain, which include headaches, we must, as always, set some guidelines and force ourselves to comply with them by always keeping them in mind.
1. Screen reflections. The anti-reflective filters are recommended only in cases of mayor force, if your are a normal user, the current LCD type screens are not going to give you headaches. Yes, the anti-reflective filters reduce contrast, making reading more comfortable. However, before taking this measure, try to locate your workstation in a place where there is neither a light source nor a window that could dazzle you.
2. Position of the screen. The screen should not be facing the light, but perpendicular to the window. You can choose a 17-inches screen if you are using the computer for management tasks and internet browsing. If you do more visually demanding work, such as graphic arts, photography or video, choose a 24-inches screen minimum.
3. Lighting. Good lighting helps prevent eyestrain. To do this, use blinds and indirect light sources such as LED lamps, which will also save you a lot of money on your electricity bill.
4. Take breaks. Alternating tasks reduces eyestrain and prevents headaches. Occupational health specialists recommend a frequent change of activity. Don't spend hours and hours in front of the screen. Take a 5-minute break every 40-45 minutes. Try to walk, look at the landscape, don't look at any screen. Closing and relaxin the eyes in a sofa for a few minutes will also help you.
In addition to the measures you can take regarding the screen and lighting, it is also important that you have a TOP quality chair to avoid neck and back pain.
5. The top of the screen must be at the same level as your eyes or your back will suffer. If you use a laptop, it should be equipped with a height-adjustable stand and have a separate mouse and keyboard if you are going to use it for a long period of time. Try not to position the screen askew or at an oblique angle as this can put a lot of strain on the dorsal and cervical vertebrae.
AN EXTRA TRICK: There should be a minimum of 50 centimetres between the screen and your eyes. If you find that the pain becomes very annoying, in our Pharmalime.in shop you can buy Ibuprofen + Pseudoephedrine tablets that will help you with the pain in less than 15 minutes. A must for your company or your home first aid kit.
Mrs Elisa Kovalainen, specialist in pain relief techniques, nutrition to increase our vital energy and gym techniques.