LISNews headache cures?

This has been bothering me for a few weeks now--I seem to always develop a headache in the early afternoon on Mondays (or Tuesdays if I'm lucky enough to have a three day weekend). Is this a sort of "Librarian's Eyestrain," do you suppose? On weekends I almost never use a computer and I try to spend a lot of time outdoors moving around. Maybe it's too much for my poor little head to have to sit and stare at a computer again after so much freedom.

So now I turn to you, my fellow LISNewsterz. Do you have any headache cures or suggestions for prevention? It's never been a problem before this particular job, which requires me to sit still and look at a computer more than I ever have before. Maybe I should ask if I can shelve a cart of books a day or something, to get me up and away from the dang computer. :-)

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I usually get that too, and I'll frequently look around the room, refocusing on things farther away, or much closer, that seems to help me.

Definitely find excuses (real work-related reasons, if you must) to get up and away from your desk once every 2 hours at least. I like to get up and moving every hour or hour and half. Blake's idea of looking away and focusing on something else is helpful too.
You might want to consider getting your eyes checked, maybe the eye doc will have some ideas for you as well.

Okay, I hate replying to my own posts but I didn't have time this morning to get the link to this light.
You also might want to consider a different lighting scheme for your workspace. ThinkGeek offers this light to help the eyes. Or, if you can't get rid of all the flourescent lights, try taking out a bulb or two it really helps reduce the glare.

This is a good idea--I just have to remember to pull myself out of whatever I'm working on to do it! I tend to get really focused on whatever I'm doing on the computer and not notice the hours going by until I have a splitting headache. The hallmark of the computer/research geek, I suppose...

I didn't think about the lighting. That very well may be part of the problem. When I work at home I rarely get eyestrain and I have no flourescent lights there. I have gone to the eye doctor and got the fancy no-glare lenses in my glasses and it helped a bit as well.

Here in my office, we've had people remove 1 or 2 of the bulbs in the overhead lighting and some have desk lamps to help. We used to have the glare shields but when we got new pcs a few years ago, they wouldn't buy ones that fit the flat screen monitors. :-(

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