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  • It is not uncommon for individuals to experience eye problems and discomfort such as headache, backache and fatigue from extensive computer use.
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    It is not uncommon for individuals to experience eye problems and discomfort such as headache, backache and fatigue from extensive computer use.

  • Many of the ill-effects of computer use can be lessened or avoided altogether by utilising correct typing technique and posture, ensuring correct set up of equipment and good work habits.
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    Many of the ill-effects of computer use can be lessened or avoided altogether by utilising correct typing technique and posture, ensuring correct set up of equipment and good work habits.

  • Place computer monitor and keyboard directly in front of you so as to avoid twisting your neck.
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    Place computer monitor and keyboard directly in front of you so as to avoid twisting your neck.

  • Monitor should be 20-24 inches away from eyes and the height of the monitor should be 5-15 inches below horizontal line of sight.
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    Monitor should be 20-24 inches away from eyes and the height of the monitor should be 5-15 inches below horizontal line of sight.

  • The mouse and keyboard should be at the same height.
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    The mouse and keyboard should be at the same height.

  • Use an adjustable chair that provides firm, comfortable support. Adjust chair height so that thighs are horizontal, and feet are flat on the floor (use a footrest if necessary).
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    Use an adjustable chair that provides firm, comfortable support. Adjust chair height so that thighs are horizontal, and feet are flat on the floor (use a footrest if necessary).

  • Do not slouch. Chair should be with a backrest for lumbar support.
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    Do not slouch. Chair should be with a backrest for lumbar support.

  • Ensure that frequently used materials are within easy reach.
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    Ensure that frequently used materials are within easy reach.

  • Block excessive sunlight with drapes or blinds and use indirect room lighting.
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    Block excessive sunlight with drapes or blinds and use indirect room lighting.

  • Give your eyes a rest every 15 to 20 minutes by focusing on a distant object for 10 to 15 seconds and blink often to prevent dry eyes.
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    Give your eyes a rest every 15 to 20 minutes by focusing on a distant object for 10 to 15 seconds and blink often to prevent dry eyes.

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