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Your Headaches Might Be from Working on a Computer All Day | Long Island Eye Doctor

Your Headaches Might Be from Working on a Computer All Day
Joel Kestenbaum, OD

Your Headaches Might Be from Working on a Computer All Day

Overworked Businesswoman Working On Computer

Many of us spend countless hours staring at the computer screen.  Whether we are surfing the web, checking our email, playing a game, or working, computers have become a part of our everyday lives.  What many people don’t realize is that staring at a computer screen all day could be the reason behind your unexplained headaches.  Staring at a computer can cause eyestrain and headaches for a number of reasons:

  • ·  Difficulty focusing – You may think focusing on a computer screen is simple, but our eye muscles are constantly re-adjusting and focusing.  This can lead to fatigue and headaches.
  • ·  Illumination – Office spaces tend to be bright.  You may have light from windows, lights, and your computer.  This over-illumination can trigger several types of headaches.
  • ·  Patterns and Images – Patterns, images with high contrast, flashing shapes and specific line patterns may trigger headaches.

There are several things you can do to reduce the frequency of your headaches.  I encourage patients to take short breaks and to look away from the monitor for ten to fifteen minutes every hour.  You can also adjust the lighting in the room to better suit your eyes.  If you are experiencing blurry vision and dry eyes in addition to headaches, please visit my practice for care.

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