CVS can affect anybody who spends a lot of time staring at a screen (Maybe your job requires hours of work at a computer, maybe you like to spend your free time surfing the Net) whatever the reason, your body is feeling the effects of spending too much time logged on. CVS is a very uncomfortable condition that has the potential to reduce someone’s productivity and overall quality of life. The following symptoms are associated with CVS:
- Blurred or double vision
- Eye irritation
- Neck pain
- Muscle fatigue
- Dry eyes
- Redness of the eyes
Things that can exacerbate CVS include:
- Poor ambient lighting (generally too bright)
- Poor posture when seated or standing
- Improper distance between the eyes and the screen, as well as improper angle
- The wrong prescription for corrective vision
There are also a number of biological factors that can make the condition worse, including:
Steps to Relief
Here are some simple steps you can take to help minimize the impact of CVS:
- Keep blinking: It washes your eyes in your eyes’ natural tears.
- Remember the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, spend 20 seconds looking at something 20 feet away.
- Turn your overhead lighting down. It creates far too much glare. As an added benefit, if you turn the overheads down, you will look better as well.
- Put your monitor in the right place.
- Wear the right glasses and consider having lenses specifically for computer usage.
- Get your eyes checked regularly and follow the tips you are given by your optometrist.