If you work in an office, you’ve probably dealt with burning, watery, or itchy eyes after spending the day staring at a computer screen. This can reduce work performance and turn into painful headaches. Eye strain can be due to various factors, so we’ve gathered some tips on how you can avoid dry, irritated eyes at work.

  • Keep your computer monitor at the right distance. In order to do this, you also need a desk big enough to offer flexibility in the monitor placement. The screen should be at least 20 inches from your face, with 30 inches being the preferred distance.
  • Have an adjustable chair and monitor. Your chair should allow you to adjust the height so that your eyes rest either straight ahead or slightly downward. Looking upward will dry your eyes out much quicker. Your monitor should also be able to adjust to different angles to make sure your eyes are resting in the right place. An angled monitor can also reduce glare, which is another factor in eye strain.
  • Sit with correct posture. Your back should be straight and supported by your chair, and your feet should be planted flat on the ground.
  • Use an anti-glare filter. Even with ergonomic office furniture and a correctly placed monitor, sometimes the glare is still enough to cause eye strain.
  • Adjust lighting and computer brightness. A good rule of thumb is that the monitor brightness should match the brightness of the room. If the room itself is too bright, try adding window coverings or turn off lamps and certain lights.
  • Take short breaks. For every 20 minutes of computer work, look at an object 15-20 feet away and focus on it for 20 seconds. And, be sure to take a 15-minute break from the computer every 2 hours.

When you need office chairs, desks, monitors, and other office supplies, contact Great River Office Products. We’ll ensure your office furniture is ergonomic and promotes comfort and safety in the workplace!