Many Oklahoma employees are required to use a computer at work. While computers are a convenient tool, there are health hazards associated with spending too much time in front of one. Carpal tunnel syndrome is perhaps the best-known computer-related health hazard, but individuals may also develop "computer vision syndrome" as a result of staring at a screen for too long.
Monitor glare and flickering can trigger eye problems, as can the constant change in focus caused by staring at a physical document and then looking back at a screen. Over time, a worker can develop dry eyes and blurred vision. Other possible symptoms include neck, shoulder and upper back pain. This pain is sometimes triggered when a worker continuously leans forward to get a better look at his or her screen.