Most jobs these days require us to stare at computer screens for hours at a time, which can put a real strain on our eyes.
Eye problems caused by computer usage fall under the heading computer vision syndrome (CVS). It doesn’t cause one specific issue, but it includes a range of eye strain and discomfort. Research has shown that between 50% and 90% of people who work at a computer have some symptoms.
How Do Computers Affect Vision?
Computer vision syndrome is comparable to carpal tunnel syndrome. It occurs because your eyes repeatedly follow the same path, and it can worsen the longer you continue the movement. Your eyes have to focus and refocus all the time. All this requires a lot of effort from your eye muscles, and you blink far less frequently, which causes the eyes to dry out and blur our vision periodically while working.
How to Treat it?
A few simple changes to your workspace can improve your symptoms and prevent new problems:
Fix the glare. Change the lighting around your area to reduce the effect on your computer screen. If light from a nearby window casts a glare, move your monitor and close the shades. You can also add a glare filter to your monitor.
Rearrange your desk. The best position for your monitor is slightly below eye level, about 20 to 28 inches away from your face.
Give your eyes a break. Follow the 20-20-20 rule. Look away from the screen every 20 minutes and look at something around 20 feet away for about 20 seconds. Blink often to keep your eyes moist. If they feel dry, try some eye drops.
Visit your eye doctor regularly for exams and to keep your prescriptions up to date.
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