I stare at a computer screen all day for work (and then some more at home as I check up on every one's blogs. Warning: blog-stalking is a hazardous addiction; just say no). As a result (I think) of my excessive screen time, my eye has started twitching. Uncontrollably. Every few minutes. All day. I'm fairly certain this twitch is undetectable to anyone looking at me, but that doesn't change the fact that I still can feel it twitching. And it's really anoying. I've tried squinting and closing one eye while working, but I once caught a reflection of my face while doing this and it wasn't a pretty thing. And I'm positive others can see that.
Eye strain is apparently a common hazard of desk-job employment. In the safety section of my Employee Handbook there's a whole section on avoiding desk-job related injuries such as back problems and the dreaded carpal tunnel. (Do I feel like a dork even discussing this? You bet.) The Handbook focuses primarily on proper ergonomics i.e. "make sure elbows bend at a 90 degree angle as they rest on the keyboard" and "make sure the middle of the computer screen is set in your direct eye line when sitting in correct posture" etc, etc. (I'm paraphrasing, but this is the gist of it.) Regarding eye strain, I try to follow The Handbook's advice and "focus on something at least 20 feet away every 20 minutes," but it's not helping.
I had no idea this job would be so dangerous. Between my cheap chair aggravating the arthritis in my neck (this is true by the way; untreated spinal injuries=arthritis.), the sore forearms and wrists, and now the eye twitching, I'm a little desperate.
Desperate enough to go for, say, an eye patch?