Have you ever
added up the time you spend in front of your computer, tablet, smart
phone, or other electronic device? Looking at screens is a normal part of our lives in the 21st century.
Unfortunately, eye problems associated with this activity are also on
the rise. Even if you have never had any eye problems before, you may
have computer vision syndrome symptoms after a brief amount of screen time. Even if your symptoms are mild, they can worsen and
may cause other vision problems.
|Symptoms may include:
• Eye Strain and discomfort
Dry, scratchy eyes
• Neck and/or shoulder pain
|The severity and length of
computer vision syndrome symptoms depends on how long you spend on the
computer, your posture, lighting, glare, the angle of the monitor, and
whether or not you have other diagnosed or undiagnosed vision problems. If you already have astigmatism, farsightedness, nearsightedness, presbyopia,
aging eyes, and/or diabetic eye problems, your computer vision symptoms
may worsen. This can even be the case if you already wear prescription
eyeglasses or contacts.
Many regular contact lenses and
eyeglasses are not designed to reduce the problems
caused by computer screens. The best solution is a separate pair of
glasses designed for computer use. In essence, a specific tool for a
specific task. Specialized computer glasses are custom designed for
your specific computer
distance and needs.
|In addition to these treatment
options, there are many things we can suggest to reduce CVS (Computer
Vision Syndrome) symptoms.
Adjust your monitor so that
it is about 15-20 degrees lower than your eye level when seated between
20-28 inches away from the screen. Be sure
to sit and work with proper posture.
If you can,
reposition any lighting, or your computer, to minimize glare and use
natural lighting whenever possible.
Eye Rest and Blinking Breaks
Every 20 minutes during your work, look away toward a distant point for
20 seconds to refocus your eyes, and give them a 15 minute break after
each 2 hour computer session. Also, remember to blink more frequently to
keep your eyes moist.
With the proper combination of
eyewear and self-care, you can minimize computer vision syndrome symptoms
and other modern day vision problems. Please contact us for an
appointment if you would like to discuss these computer vision issues
with your doctor.