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Are digital devices getting the best of your eyes?

June 20, 2014

The CSU Ergonomics Program offers solutions to 'Eye Strain in the Office Environment.'

Most of us spend more than seven hours a day viewing digital devices. Just as our bodies are not meant to remain sedentary for these long periods, our eyes are not built to handle sustained exposure to digital devices.

Between computers at work and at home, smart phone screens, televisions and the numerous other devices we use and are exposed to every day, our eyes take a lot of “screen time."

Overexposure to digital media can lead to eye strain. Symptoms of eye strain can include:

  • Sore, tired, burning or itching eyes
  • Watery eyes
  • Dry eyes
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Headache

Additionally, as our eyes begin to fatigue, our bodies often compensate by bringing the eyes closer to the screen. These instincts can lead to poor postures (slouching over, “turtle neck” or craning, etc.), which can cause discomfort in the neck, back and shoulders.

Eye Strain in the Office Environment

We all know technology isn’t going anywhere. So limiting exposure when possible and knowing how to prevent eye strain are the best tools to avoid discomfort and future problems.

The CSU Ergonomics Program offers solutions to this increasingly growing problem in a document, “Eye Strain in the Office Environment.

Among prevention techniques, “Eye Strain in the Office Environment” includes The 20-20-20 Rule: For every 20 minutes that you view a screen, take a break. Look 20 feet away for 20 seconds.

The document also covers glare, lighting issues, monitor placement and corrective lenses.

As always, if you would like assistance with your office or non-office work environment, CSU Ergonomics offers FREE ergonomic evaluations. To learn more about the evaluation process and to request an evaluation of your workstation, follow the link below.

What is Involved in an Ergonomic Evaluation?

Request an Ergonomic Evaluation

CSU Ergonomics Team
EHS_Ergonomics@mail.colostate.edu
(970) 491-2724


Contact: Erin Rezac
E-mail: erin.rezac@colostate.edu
Phone: 970-491-5110