Computer Vision Syndrome


What is Computer Vision Syndrome?

Eye problems caused by computer use fall under the heading computer vision syndrome. It includes a whole range of eye strain and pain. Research shows that between 50% and 90% of people who work at a computer screen have at least some eye related symptoms.
These days, most people have jobs that require them to stare at computer screens for hours at a time. That can put a real strain on their eyes.

Symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome

You may have experienced at least one of the common symptoms of computer vision syndrome which include

  • Eyestrain
  • Headaches
  • Blurred vision
  • Dry eyes
  • Neck and shoulder pain

Working adults aren’t the only ones affected. Kids who stare at tablets or use computers during the day at school can have issues, too, especially if the lighting and their posture are less than ideal.

When you work at a computer, your eyes have to focus and refocus all the time. They move back and forth as you read. You may have to look down at papers and then back up to type. Your eyes react to changing images on the screen so your brain can process what you’re seeing. All these jobs require a lot of effort from your eye muscles. And to make things worse, unlike a book or piece of paper, the screen adds contrast, flicker, and glare.

You’re more likely to have problems if you already have eye trouble, if you need glasses but don’t have them, or if you wear the wrong prescription for computer use.


Computer Vision Syndrome Prevention

With these simple practices, you can reduce the effects of Computer Vision Syndrome

  • Make sure the lighting in the room is comfortable on the eyes, and prevents you from staring into glare on the computer screen.
  • Position the digital display so that your head is in a naturally comfortable position while using.
  • Take breaks. A few minutes away from the computer can go a long way when it comes to your eyes. Think of it similarly to the way you take stretch breaks for your arms and back.
  • Make sure your seat is comfortable. A comfortable chair with support for your neck and back will help you avoid neck and shoulder strain commonly associated with computer vision syndrome.

Even after taking care of your eyes if your eyes still trouble you then it is best to consult your eye doctor to make sure that other causes like weak eye muscles, dry eyes, eye power etc can be managed as well.


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