Many workers look at a computer monitor all day, straining their eyes and harming their vision. Here’s how to reduce eye strain’s effects:
Monitor placement. The position of your computer screen should be slightly below eye level and 50-100 cm from your eyes. If you’re transcribing from a document, that should also be at eye level to ease things as you continually look back and forth from document to monitor.
Walk away. It’s recommended that for every 30 minutes looking at the computer, you should give yourself 2–3 minutes away from it.
Try bigger text. Enlarge the text size on your computer to make it easier to read. If you don’t know how to do that, talk to the IT department for help.
Use eye drops. When you’re looking at a screen, you tend to blink much less frequently, which means your eyes are less lubricated and could become irritated. Many people with watery eyes actually have dry eye syndrome and dismiss the use of eye drops since they feel their eyes are lubricated.
— Adapted from “7 Tips To Reduce Eye Strain In The Workplace,” Spandas Lui, Lifehacker.