Whether for work or play, screens are a huge part of daily life. When you’re at the office, you can spend most of your day looking at screen. If you work from home, you might find that your screen time is even higher—it’s hard to remember to take breaks when you’re on your own. Some days you may go straight from your smartphone in the morning, to your work computer during the day, and finally to tablets and TV at night. Sure, these devices make our lives easier, but all of that screen time can lead to eyestrain (1, 2) — and even screen headaches. (1, 2, 3)
So should you do the unthinkable to avoid Computer Vision Syndrome and the computer screen headaches it could cause—give up your screens? Before you go on a complete screen shutdown, check out these three tips for giving your eyes—and hopefully your head—some time off.
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3. “Computer Vision Syndrome.” American Optometric Association. Last accessed October 30, 2015.