In an office job, you're likely to stare at a computer screen for 7 hours a day. That's 35 hours a week and 1,820 per year. On top of that, when we get home we tend to use smartphones, televisions, tablets and laptops. Our eyes never seem to get a break from digital devices. There are some things you can do, however, while at work that can help alleviate the change of computer vision syndrome (CVS).
Having a bad desk layout is on of the most common causes of CVS in the workplace, yet it's actually the easiest to fix. The top of your monitor should be at your eye level or just below it, and should be an arm's length away.
When staring at a monitor all day, it's important to give you eye muscles a chance to relax. Take short breaks throughout the day like walking to the printer, making a cup of tea, or chatting with a coworker. If you can't get up or take a long break, remember the 20/20/20 rule. Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
Brightness in the office can make a huge difference too. Your monitor should not seem any brighter or any darker than the lighting in your office. If you're struggling to read what's on your screen or your screen is an obvious light source, your need to change settings. Lastly, you can use an anti-glare screen filter to reduce the amount of light reflected off your screen.