If you thought sitting in front of a computer all day was only bad for your posture (we know all about that) then think again. According to the latest research, our computer-gazing habits are also messing with our eyesight. They’re calling it Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) and studies have shown that even three hours of computer use each day could pose a health risk.

Vision-related issues are the most frequently reported health-related problems occurring in over 70% of computer users. So if you get to 3pm and feel zonked after staring at a screen, you’re not alone. Studies have concluded that CVS is the number one occupational hazard of the 21st century. Put simply, our eyes find today’s computerised screens difficult to cope with.

If you stare at a screen on the reg, chances are you’ve experienced sore eyes, headaches, dry eyes or blurred vision at some point and if you have, well those are the symptoms of CVS.

Here are a few tips to protect your eyes when you’re sitting, staring at a screen all day.

Set your screen lower

It has been recommended that in order to reduce the discomfort we should be arranging our desk so that our computer monitor sits between five and six inches below the straight line of our vision. These measures have been shown to reduce dry eye and spasms.

Work at the right distance

If our screen is too close, we’re more likely to strain our eyes and develop a headache. If our screen is too far away our rate of blinking decreases and our eyes are more likely to become dry, sore and red. Researchers have recommended setting your screen to somewhere between 30 and 70cm away from our face in order to reduce these symptoms.

Use an antiglare screen cover

These covers filter the light that comes from your computer screen and reduce eye strain. Most are also scratch resistant so your screen will benefit too.

Take a break

And we mean regularly! Stand up and take a short walk or simply look away from your computer screen every half hour. Taking frequent breaks allows our eyes to relax in order to decrease fatigue and our chances of a killer headache.