Monday, September 18, 2006

Tips for reducing computer-induced eyestrain

A practical approach to computer user eye strain ...

"Computers have been revolutionizing the workplace for decades, but our eyes have been slow to adjust. Many workers in this high-tech era are confined to small spaces, staring at computer screens for hours on end.

While workplace productivity has increased dramatically, eyestrain has been an unfortunate side effect, hitting U.S. workers with headache, backaches and blurry eyes.

Dr. Jeffrey Anshel, an optometrist and author of Visual Ergonomics in the Workplace, embarked on a mission in the 1980s to help protect the eyes of workers from the woes of eyestrain. The symptoms, Anshel said, include blurred vision, dry eyes, headaches, and even neck and backaches.

Eyestrain causes neck or back pains because the ''eyes lead the body, and we will adjust our body posture to see better,'' said Anshel.

... '3B' APPROACH

His first suggestion is the ''3B'' approach: Blink. Breath. Break. By consciously doing this simple exercise, it gives your eyes much-needed rest during intense computer work sessions.

The 3B approach should be combined with the ''20, 20, 20'' exercise. ''Every 20 minutes, look 20 feet away for 20 seconds,'' Anshel said.

Bartuccio also stresses the importance of properly positioning your chair. ''Just moving your chair in or out can make a huge difference,'' she said."   (Continued via MiamiHerald)    [Ergonomics Resources]

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