Staring at the screen of a laptop for too long can result in a headache. This is often caused by eyestrain. Other symptoms can include dry or watery eyes, stiff shoulders and neck, tired, itching or burning eyes and an increased sensitivity to light. These symptoms are a signal that you are not using the laptop properly and are making your eyes strain to do the work. It is not difficult to cure the headache and prevent this problem from reoccurring.
Things You'll Need
- Pain reliever
- Artificial tears eye drops
Swallow a pain reliever with water. This relieves the headache pain, but will not prevent further problems if you do not adjust how you use the laptop.
Take a break away from the laptop. Mayo Clinic suggests a 20/20/20 rule which means every 20 minutes focus your eyes on something at least 20 feet away from you for at least 20 seconds.
Go to an eye doctor to check your vision if you wear corrective lenses and haven't been in for a checkup in over a year.
Leave your computer area. Stretch your body by doing simple exercises or lie down for a few minutes with your eyes closed. This not only helps to relieve your headache, it refreshes your entire body.
Position your laptop at least 20 inches away from your eyes. If you have difficulty reading the screen, increase the font size on your computer by hitting the "ctrl" button and the "+" sign at the same time. Decrease the font size by hitting "ctrl" and the "-" button at the same time.
Turn the monitor off on your computer, but leave the screen up. If there is a glare on the screen, this may be the cause of your headache. Reposition the laptop, sit elsewhere or adjust window blinds, lights or curtains to remove the glare.
Dust the laptop screen frequently. The dust on the screen reduces the contrast on the laptop screen. It also contributes to reflection and glare problems.
Use artificial tears throughout the day if your eyes often feel dry. This helps cut down on the eyestrain and reduces the chance of your getting another headache.