Ergonomist — those who are concerned with providing the safest environment for workers — know that long-term computer use can lead to serious health hazards. Staring at a monitor screen for hours on end can be irritating to a worker's eyes causing headaches, fatigue, eye strain and even long-term eye damage.
Here are some helpful tips to make viewing a computer screen for long periods of time more ergonomically-friendly, which may, in turn, create a safer and more productive environment for the workplace.
Cut out the glare and reduce your eye strain!
“Eye strain does not have serious or long-term consequences, but it can be disruptive and unpleasant” says the Mayo Clinic. “It can make you tired and reduce your ability to concentrate.”
Eye strain (also known as asthenopia) is caused by overuse of the eyes. Activities such as reading for long periods of time or focusing too long at a computer screen or on other tedious visual tasks are some of the common culprits contributing to wide-spread asthenopia. We hear from many people about the eye strain they experience caused by staring at the computer screen for too long which leads to a condition know as Computer Vision Syndrome (or CVS).
When you see a rainbow, the colors of light normally not seen by the naked eye can be seen because the light is refracting through the water droplets in the air. Red, yellow, blue, and many shades of color can be seen.