How to safely look at a computer screen

Texas workers can develop blurry vision, back or shoulder pain and dry eyes when they look at a computer screen for too long. This may also occur if they look at a tablet, smartphone or other screen for extended periods of time. These symptoms may be telltale signs of a condition called computer vision syndrome, and the condition may be diagnosed as part of a routine eye exam.


One of the most effective ways to reduce the impact of CVS symptoms is to take a 15-minute break for every two hours spent looking at a screen. On average, an American worker will spend seven hours each day on a screen, which means an average worker would ideally take three or four breaks each day.


For every 20 minutes that people look at a screen, they should look away for 20 seconds. This may help the eyes refocus as well as make it easier to blink. Blinking keeps the eyes moist, which can make it more comfortable to look at a screen. It is also a good idea to use an antiglare screen as well as position it roughly 20 degrees below a person’s eyes.


A worker may be entitled to have all of his or her medical expenses paid if those expenses were related to an injury suffered at work. Furthermore, it may be possible to recover a portion of wages lost. Depending on the severity of the injury, disability payments may be made on a permanent basis. Those who have questions about their eligibility or how to obtain these benefits might want to meet with an attorney who has experience with these types of matters.

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