Our eyes are a precious commodity that shouldn’t be taken advantage of, but for graphic designers, it can be difficult to avoid what’s known as computer vision syndrome.

Computer vision syndrome can cause blurred vision, water or dry eyes, headaches, and pain in shoulders, back, and neck. To avoid the symptoms, make sure to make a conscious effort to blink often, move your monitor at least 16” away from your face, take breaks as often as possible, and use larger typefaces while reading online. As a graphic designer, it’s pretty impossible to stay away from screens altogether, but it’s best to make sure you have some time each day that does not involve a screen.