Between computers, phones, video games, movies, and television, it is close to impossible to get away from looking at a screen. With computers now so incorporated with the modern workday and also for personal use, Computer Vision Syndrome has become more common. Computer Vision Syndrome is a temporary condition that occurs when focusing on a computer screen for too long. Some of the symptoms include: headaches, blurred or double vision, and eyes that are red, irritated or dry. Below are some tips on how to help avoid Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS).
According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, CVS affects approximately 90% of the people who spent three hours or more at day looking at a computer. The lighting, air quality, and the time spent focusing on a screen are the main factors that could bring about CVS. Preventing computer vision syndrome means making simple adjustments to your day. Taking breaks by closing your eyes or focusing on objects far away could help give the overused muscles and computer eye strain a necessary time out. If giving your eyes a little breather is hard to remember you could set a reminder or timer. Some other variables to consider that could contribute to eyestrain is the environment. If the room is really bright you could consider computer tinted glasses or maybe a certain pair of prescription glasses just for computer use. If there is a lot of airflow that is drying out your eyes, some lubricating eye drops might help. Also make sure your settings are so that the font and screen lighting can be read with ease.
If you have tried some troubleshooting without any luck, then it is time for us to take a look. It could be time to upgrade your prescription or try a separate set of glasses while in front of a computer. Barnet Dulaney Perkins Eye Center is happy to help, so please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns!