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Headaches from Computer Use

Most commonly, computer headaches comes from chronic eyestrain. A computer screen is much like a television but you sit much closer to it. It forces the eyes to focus at a single distance for prolonged periods of time thus putting lots of strain on the ciliary muscles that control eye movements. Staring at a computer screen for long periods of time can leave your head aching. Furthermore bad lightning and the glare coming from the monitor can cause eyestrain if you stare at it for too long, thus contributing to a headache. The closer you are to your monitor the worse the strain on your eyes.

Sometimes computer headaches come from muscle strain related to bad posture. Laptops are notorious for causing strained neck and back muscles, because you have to bend over more when using one.

Computer Vision Syndrome

Computer vision syndrome (CVS) is a temporary condition resulting from focusing the eyes on a computer display for protracted, uninterrupted periods of time.


  • Headache

  • Blurred vision

  • Neck pain

  • Redness in the eyes

  • Fatigue

  • Dry eyes

  • Eye strain

  • Irritated eyes

  • Double vision

  • Vertigo/dizziness

These symptoms can be further aggravated by improper lighting conditions (i.e. glare or bright overhead lighting) or air moving past the eyes (e.g. overhead vents, direct air from a fan).


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