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I've tried different monitors, different settings, and even checked my eyes, and nothing seems to help. It seems like everyone I know doesn't have a problem with this.
How do you all do it? Am I the only one on the earth with this problem?
Keyword research on the Overture search term tool is the *worst*..
Finally, some good eye drops can do wonders when the eyes get weary and tired.
Now the BIG problem is my arms & hands. From my shoulders to my finger tips everything hurts all the time and by the end of the day my hands can't even function properly. Seriously, I can hardly hold a beer and that is quite upsetting. I've tried to improve my ergonomics, but that isn't really working.
So, I guess I'm saying if it's just your eyes/head you are lucky...that was just the beginning for me. I'd go back to headaches and burning eyes in a minute if I could stop my arms and hands from acting up.
I have found that a good chair with adjustable arms really takes the strain off my shoulders and back when typing for extended periods, and also when using the mouse... Also, I have become ambidextrous with the mouse, as I hurt my right hand with overuse.
As for eyes, I don't know if it was connected, but I was getting horrible dizzy spells for a while, with a numbness on my tongue and blurred vision, almost passing out, but not. Since then, I have quit smoking (tobacco and other 'herbal' mixtures), and it has stopped. Also, I don't think I am looking at the screen _quite_ as much as before (only 16 hours per day as opposed to 18 :-)
2: Get a big monitor. I use a 19 inch monitor and I wouldn't mind a bigger one. A big monitor makes a HUGE difference on neck/eye strain.
3: Use a wide desk or table so that you could get everything pushed away from you. I actually like to have the length of my forearms on the desk and have my keyboard a good 16-18 inches out in front of me. It may sound odd, but this way I have practically zero shoulder elbow strain.
4: Use your mouse as little as possible -- learn your keyboard shortcuts. Also, get ambidextrous with your mouse and move it from one side to your other to give your wrists a break.
5: Get away form the computer.
joined:June 27, 2000
If you wear glasses, I highly recommend getting them with a quality, guaranteed, anti-reflective coating.
I *wish* I could do this. For some reason the anti-reflective coating makes me nauseated.
How does the LCD vs a regular monitor make a difference? I don't understand how that would matter at all.
<<How does the LCD vs a regular monitor make a difference? I don't understand how that would matter at all.>>
Because CRT's flicker no matter what refresh rate they are set at. It is the nature of the beast. Ever see a CRT monitor in the background on a TV program? LCD's do not have a refresh problem as they just turn a pixel on or off. There is also no magnetic or radiation field given off by LCD's. There is not glare on LCD's like CRT's.
I am sure if you do a ergonomic search on LCD's on Google you will find a better explanation and more info.
joined:June 15, 2001
The moral to all this is simple. Your eyesight isn't something you should abuse or gamble with, use protective glare screens or glasses that have filters.
Interesting post. Even a low radiation and magnetic field CRT still can cause problems over time. Ever notice how much dust (and nicotine if your a smoker) collects on your screen?
Give me an LCD anyday except for True Color representation ;)
I also have one of those lights that reflect down over the monitor... can't tell if it helps or not.
joined:Jan 30, 2002
Lately Ive been cranking up the font sizes for ease of view...and sitting back from the screen. I'll probably go for a bigger monitor when I build up the courage to part £ for a big 'un.
I just wanted to say that people should call into question the way in which they view the screen - head on, slightly to the left etc etc, because that will inevitably be the most part of any damage caused!
Another thing I do is have the brightness turned all the way down, and the contrast all the way up, and while at first this looked a little odd, I think it does help protect your eyes that little bit more.
The only occaisions I get headaches at work is when I'm very tired, and it doesn't appear to matter what I'm doing at the time. I drink lots of fresh water all day though, and this generally makes me feel more comfortable in the office environment.
Added: I've always had 20/20 vision for as long as I can remember, and was told by my optician to only book an appointment once every 5 years last time I saw him. Both of my parents wear glasses, as do both sets of grandparents, although my sister doesn't.
but to be perfectly honest with you the thing that gives me the most jip out of sitting at the puter for so long are the tendons in the back of my right hand... this is really worrying as my right hand wrist is the most important joint in my entire body on and off the puter
I also use an NEC 19" CRT set to 1024x768, True Color (32bit), and 85 Hz refresh rate at work (7-10 hours/day). The upshot: my eyes don't feel especially tired.
I don't think monitor placement has received a lot of time in this thread, so I'll chime in with this: if you and your monitor are facing into a window, your eyes will have to work harder to make out the screen. It seems an obvious point, but I think it's a common mistake. For optimal monitor viewing, sit perpendicular to any significant source of light or, even better, with your back to it.
Oh yeah, and I recommend using the highest refresh rate possible (if you're on a CRT)...
being able to distinguish my wife from other people (good thing, that)
LOL... Years ago my husband ran up and grabbed a strange woman from behind, thinking she was me. He got glasses for the first time not too long afterwards. ;)
I don't get headaches but then I get to go to meetings on a regular basis 8)
Lutein and Xeaxanthin are found naturally in dark, leafy greens. Hey, that's why I take them in a supplement ;)
My problem is my posture. I slouch forward, not using the chair back. As you can guess, I'm 15 years old and I feel like my back is 60. :(
Also, i read somewhere that staring at things which are a long distance away helps you eyes refocus.. and can help to stop those headaches, plus, prolong your eyesight. Just simply looking out your window in the office, or at home for about 5 minutes, every hour or so…
Of course, I agree with the remarks about frequent breaks and exercise and rest too:)
But seriously.....I'm like Mivox but I've found that I only feel like my eyes are going to pop out if I wear my glasses. I usually have no problems wearing contacts, unless I forget to blink.
I also don't feel as fatigued after putting my monitor on an arm and positioning it so that I don't have to crane my neck up or down but have it comfortably at eye level off to the side slighly.