Imagine, if you will, feeling as if an invisible force is slowly squeezing your head.
And it’s applying just enough pressure to be annoying but not painful. It’s probably making you feel a bit irritable.
Your head feels tight, your eyebrows are scrunched up, your facial muscles are becoming more rigid, and you have that inner tiredness.
Chances are you also feel uncomfortable in your chair, your body is heavy, and you simply need a break away from the PC as you struggle to focus.
But you can’t leave, as you still have the afternoon to get through with at least one more zoom meeting.
Walking to the door and back gives minimal relief, as the symptoms start again as soon as you sit down.
You’ve tried coffee to keep you going. You have a bottle of water by your side, and maybe you are one of the lucky ones that get to go outside for their lunch and away from the office glare – that glare that no matter how many times you try and readjust your pc, always seems to be bouncing off your over bright screen.
As the afternoon wears on, the tightness in your head begins to build up into a headache, and you know that soon your eyes will start to feel tired and dry. Some of you will feel as if they are burning around the edges.
You start to rub your eyes often; you’re yawning and feel uncomfortable.
You manage to get through the zoom meeting, but you notice that the screen is getting a bit blurry, and by the end of the call, you see two of each attendant.
You sit back and try and look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds, but it only brings minimal relief.
And by the end of the day, you are physically drained, mentally tired and want to get home.
Where you might chill with a glass of wine, spend the evening looking at more screens, and then doom scrolling lying in bed until the small hours, feeling drained but too wired to sleep.
And then you get up the following day and repeat.
You spend your time willing the weekend to arrive so that you don’t have to sit in front of your digital display screen feeling frazzled and sore because your screen hasn’t been individualised for you.
It is, in fact, harming your wellbeing.
This is what screen fatigue – or computer vision syndrome feels like.
Your eye muscles are fatigued from the screen. A screen that’s comprised of a bright white background with high colour contrasts and probably a decent amount of glare.
This tires the entire visual system that then starts to deplete the body, mistakes are made, and productivity decreases. Still, sleep procrastination goes up, and there you are, on the hamster wheel of screen fatigue, not knowing what’s wrong but knowing things are not right.
If this describes you, click here to go to our self help page and make the adjustments to your screen that we suggest.
Then sign up for the individualised colour contrast validation tool because your body and mind need all the help they can get.
These are a few steps to improving your wellbeing, productivity, and maybe even your sleep. And all in, it won’t take longer than 30 minutes, but they’ll be the best 30 minutes you’ve spent on your screen for a long time.
And don’t just take our word for it.
Read a couple of case studies from people that have found a world of difference when they started using the correct, individualised colour contrast background, for them.