What is Computer Vision Syndrome

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
  • Backache
  • Headaches
  • Neck pain
  • Muscle fatigue
  • Dry eyes
  • Redness of the eyes

Things that can exacerbate CVS include:

  • Glare
  • 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:

  • Astigmatism
  • Farsightedness
  • Presbyopia
  • Aging

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.

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