Ever spent more than two consecutive hours looking at a computer screen? Us too. Computers can make us more productive, but the bad news is they could also lead to something called Computer Vision Syndrome. More recognizable as that tired, strained feeling those eyes get after a day in front of a screen, the condition packs a punch: 64 to 90 percent of office workers suffer from CVS. Read on to learn how to spot the symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome — and what to do about them.
I Spy Eye Strain — The Need-to-Know
CVS likely doesn’t cause permanent eye damage, but it can still affect computer users’ comfort. The most common symptoms of CVS include eye strain, redness, irritation, or dryness, a burning feeling in the eyes, blurred or double vision after computer use, headaches, and neck and shoulder pain (eesh!).
Several factors increase the likelihood of CVS, including uncorrected vision problems, dry eyes, glares on the screen, poor lighting, poor posture, and even the angle of the monitor. Another big factor is incorrect prescriptions: Almost 71 percent of people reporting symptoms of CVS wear eyeglasses or contact lenses.
Better Vision in Sight — Your Action Plan
Computer screens proving a pain in the eyes? Follow these guidelines to help ease symptoms:
- Have your eyes checked regularly. If you need a new or changed prescription and don’t have it, using a computer will be difficult, period.
- Reposition the computer. The screen should be about an arm’s length away and positioned directly in front of the face, not off to the side. Position the monitor so its center is four to eight inches below the eyes, which allows the neck to relax while we read and type.