Avoiding Computer Vision Syndrome

  • Posted on: Sep 26 2014
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Computer Vision SyndromeIn today’s world, it’s not uncommon to spend a large part of the day staring at a screen, whether it’s a computer, smartphone, television, tablet, or similar digital device. However, this can take a toll on our eyes, leaving patients vulnerable to the effects of Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS), a term used to describe the pain and eyestrain brought on by excessive computer use. While you may have never heard of CVS, it may have affected you — research indicates between 50% and 90% of people who work in front of a computer screen have experienced the symptoms of this condition. So how is it caused, and are there ways to avoid it?

When we sit in front of a computer, our eyes are working hard. They are continuously focusing and moving around the screen, requiring a great deal of effort from the eye muscles. Additionally, it’s estimated that when using a computer, humans only blink half as often as they do ordinarily. This can all lead to Computer Vision Syndrome, which can bring about blurred vision, double vision, red or dry eyes, headaches, eye irritation and more. While CVS is not associated with any long-term eye problems, it can be an annoying for anyone who needs to spend time in front of a screen. Luckily, there are some simple ways to combat these symptoms. Keep reading to find out more.

Tips for Avoiding Computer Vision Syndrome

  • Follow the 20-20-20 rule! Every 20 minutes, take your eyes off of the screen and view an object that’s at least 20 feet away, for 20 seconds.
  • Reflections on your computer screen can cause eye strain, so try and reduce glare as much as possible.
  • Blinking works to moisten your eyes and prevent irritation, so it’s important to make sure you’re blinking frequently.
  • Eye strain can be brought on by bright lights. If you’re able to, lower the lights to make it easier on your eyes.
  • The brightness and contrast controls on your screen are there for a reason — use them! The brightness of your screen should be roughly equal to that of your work environment, and make sure that the contrast is set to a comfortable level.

Computer Vision Syndrome Treatment in Southern California

To learn more about Computer Vision Syndrome and the available treatment options, contact Shammas Eye Medical Center with any questions or to schedule a consultation. Our offices are located in Lynwood, Downey, La Habra, and Whittier. We look forward to hearing from you.

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