Computer monitors & dizziness

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Computer monitors & dizziness
Changing your work station set-up could help prevent dizzy fits. (Goodshoot/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Most people use a computer on a daily basis, whether it's in the workplace, at home or even on holiday. Sometimes, computer users can be in front of their devices for hours without a break. All of this can cause problems. Symptoms of spending too much time in front of a computer include eye-strain, headaches, pounding shoulders, a stiff neck and blurred vision. There is also another symptom that many computer users encounter: dizziness.

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Computer vision syndrome

Staring at a computer screen for extended periods of time can bring on computer vision syndrome. CVS affects some 64 percent to 90 percent of office workers, according to Time, and can induce blurred or double vision and headaches. People with uncorrected vision problems or incorrect prescriptions are particularly prone to suffering from CVS, so if you've been hit by a bout of dizziness while staring at your monitor, get yourself along to an optician.

Restricting the flow

Although many people assume dizziness can be caused by computer monitors directly, your posture could be causing your fits of dizziness. People who use computers for extended periods of time can suffer from pinched nerves which can affect the way signals reach the brain. One outcome: dizziness. Pinched nerves can also cause blood flow restriction, which can in turn cause dizziness.

Missing a meal

If you use a computer on a daily basis, but are only experiencing dizziness at specific times of the day, such as in the late afternoon, you may need an energy boost. Perhaps, to keep on top of all your assignments, you regularly work through your lunch-hour, with nothing but a fizzy drink to fuel you. Then, late in the afternoon, as you stare at the monitor in front of you, you start to feel a bit weird. Dizziness hits you, as does a sense of tiredness. Maybe you even feel disorientated. Your blood-sugar level could be plummeting. Quickly eat something nourishing and filling.


As well as getting your eyes tested, there are a number of other ways you can lessen the likelihood of suffering dizzy fits at your desk. Reposition your monitor so as it's around an arm's length from your face and it's centre is between 10cm to 20cm below your horizontal line of vision. Reduce screen glare by installing an anti-glare filter. Take regular breaks from staring at your screen and be sure to blink regularly. Keeping your screen clean can also help. A build up of dust on your screen can make your eyes work harder.

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