Do computers cause vision damage?

Computers represent the number-one source for workplace discomfort, but their use does not harm the visual pathway.

Vision is a passive phenomenon. Looking at the screen will not harm the eye or alter its refractive power. Having said that, spending ALL DAY in front of a monitor can induce eyestrain or eye fatigue, dry eyes, burning eyes, light sensitivity, blurred vision, headaches and pain in the shoulders, neck or back. Here are some proven steps that can help you avoid computer vision syndrome, and make you more comfortable at the workstation:

Turn off lights adjacent to the monitor or behind the computer. Illumination from behind the operator works best. The desktop should be 29 inches from the ground. Do not use a wrist rest for either the keyboard or the mouse. Position the monitor and/or chair height so that when LOOKING STRAIGHT AT THE MONITOR your line of sight is directly at the top edge of the screen. This generates a slight downward gaze – most comfortable for long work periods. Finally, the screen surface should be approximately 30 inches from your face in order that the intermediate portion of your trifocals focus properly without requiring excess accommodation from you.

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Dr. Steven R. Koganovsky | Board Certified Optometric Physician
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