Do You Have Computer Vision Syndrome?


If you spend long periods of time staring at your computer screen, you could have computer vision syndrome. You’ve worked at your desk all day, and by the time 5 p.m. rolls around, you can hardly see straight anymore. Your eyes are tired, red, and irritated. You’re not alone; in fact, the majority of office workers suffer from computer vision syndrome, a recent term to describe computer-related eye strain.

Symptoms and Complications of Computer Vision Syndrome

Although computer vision syndrome (CVS) likely doesn’t cause permanent damage, it can lead to:

  • Headaches
  • Temporary blurred vision
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Work-related errors

Computer Vision Syndrome Causes and Risk Factors

In addition to working at computers, you also are at risk for developing computer vision syndrome if you:

  • Regularly use a smart phone, e-reader, or tablet
  • Work in poor lighting
  • Have poor posture while sitting at your desk
  • Already have other vision-related problems

Computer Vision Syndrome at a Glance

More than likely, CVS is not something that you need to consult your eye doctor about. By adapting a few simple changes you should be able to reduce the discomfort you’re experiencing. These include:

  • Position your computer so that the screen is easier on your eyes. Place the monitor directly in front of you, between 18 to 24 inches from your eyes. The top of the screen should be at eye level.
  • Move your keyboard. Your keyboard should be directly in front of the monitor with your reference materials placed at the same level, angle, and distance from your eyes.
  • Minimize glare from bright lights by positioning your light source at a right angle to the monitor.
  • Taking periodic breaks from the screen and focus on more distant objects.
  • Schedule a five-minute break every hour. Stand up and move around or just lean back and close your eyes for a few minutes.
  • Blink more. If your eyes are dry, you’re probably blinking less than normal when you look at the screen. Make an effort to blink frequently and use artificial tears if necessary.

In addition to these approaches, don’t forget to get regular eye exams. To schedule an appointment Optical Solutions, call 330.797.8780

Published by knanosky

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