Posted by: Pamela Kalivas | April 11, 2012

Insider Secrets for Kicking Out “Computer Fatigue”

Computer Fatigue Syndrome

Are you tired of languishing at your computer all day? Something just isn’t quite right but you can’t quite put your finger on it. Why is sitting at a computer all day decreasing so much of your energy?  Well, you are not alone.  Over 30 million computers are in use every day and the number is rapidly growing.  Users who spend 6 to 8 hours on their computers most frequently complain of fatigue. 

Were you aware there are 4 types of computer use fatigue?  According to the DoD Ergonomics Working Group, fatigue may be muscular, cognitive or emotional, visual or a combination.   When you are experiencing one or a combination of these symptoms the outcome is the same: loss of proficiency, productivity and work related injuries.  When you have pain, stiffness and physical discomfort, you likely have muscular fatigue. That nagging shoulder, neck, wrist or low back pain can be minimized by getting up from the computer even for short intervals. Cognitive or emotional fatigue is characterized by weariness, loss of concentration, irritability and dizziness. 

Lastly, eye discomfort, irritation, headaches, abnormal after-image and blurred and/or double vision are associated with visual fatigue.  People who use their “cheaters” (reading glasses) at the computer not only develop visual fatigue but also have awkward postures (muscular fatigue) and end up with poor vision.  Wearing your “cheaters” to work on the computer should be a sign to visit your local eye doctor for a tune-up to obtain the right design and prescription glasses for use at the computer.  

Take breaks every 20 minutes and look away from the computer for at least 20 seconds.  Make sure window blinds are shut and no glare hits your screen as you perform work tasks.

Break from the computer

So if you notice symptoms of muscular, cognitive or emotional, visual fatigue use the insider secrets to evaluate your workstation while using your computer.  Check to see if your workstation allows you to sit in a comfortable posture at an appropriate distance from the keyboard, screen and documents while giving you enough space to perform a number of tasks efficiently. Don’t settle to ending your day with fatigue or loss of productivity.



  1. […] More students are required to use tablets throughout the school day. As a result, visual fatigue occurs which causes eye discomfort, headaches, and blurred vision. The key to eliminating this problem is to minimize the brightness on the screen and take a break every 20 minutes. To find out more information regarding vision fatigue, check out our previous blog titled “Insider Secrets for Kicking Out Computer Fatigue.” […]

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