Avoiding Computer Headaches

By : Jeremy Burres - Published On: March 25, 2017

doctor looking at medical images on a computer

Most people today use computers at home or at work. They are a vital part of our lives and are used in our daily activities. They let us communicate with each other easily, and quickly give us any information we request. Computers can automate repetitive jobs and produce products faster. They can provide entertainment and help us to learn and grow. But because computers can do so much, we tend to use them for longer each day than we should. Staring at the screen can cause headaches and eyestrain.  This article will suggest some reasons why computer headaches occur, and will provide information on avoiding computer headaches.

Sometimes, our work causes us to stay at our computers for long hours. Children may do their homework on the computer or look up information for a research project or paper. They also spend time playing computer games or chatting with their friends. In cases of long computer usage, eyestrain and headaches happen frequently. If something is not done to stop this problem, it can lead to serious health issues. Here are some ways for avoiding computer headaches.

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  • A flickering computer screen can give you a headache.  If you are using a CRT monitor, be sure to check the refresh rate. The recommended setting for the refresh is at 75Hz. If the refresh rate is set too low it will cause the screen to flicker.
  • Check your posture while sitting at your computer.  Having the correct posture can help greatly in avoiding computer headaches. If your head is tilted back with your neck jutting forward, the nerves and muscles at the base of your skull are compressed.  If they stay this way for an extended period of time, then you may get a headache.  Forward Head Posture or FHP syndrome is caused by slumping at your computer and will also cause computer headaches.  The proper way to sit at your computer is up straight with your ears and shoulders lined up together. Imagine that a line is tied to your head pulling it up to the ceiling. This posture will help to prevent computer headaches.
  • Make sure that you have enough light to see your work.  Don’t sit in the dark working by the computer light.  Also set the print on your computer screen to a size that you can easily see.  If you find yourself squinting at your computer, then you need to make a change.
  • There are special eye glasses made to correct eyestrain or Computer Visions Syndrome.  Computer Visions Syndrome or CVS is caused by long computer use. Ask your ophthalmologist, optometrist, or other eye care professional for more information.

Avoiding computer headaches can be simple if you take these points seriously.  Taking good care of your eyes and having the proper body posture can help you to prevent having more serious problems.