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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