With a constant increase in the use of technology, many have found careers that require them to stare at computer screens for several hours at a time. This can cause the eyes to strain.
Problems with the eyes can occur and are categorized as computer vision syndrome or CVS. This syndrome doesn’t describe a single issue; however, it is a category of problems that include eye strain and pain.
Those working in computer jobs are not the only to be affected by CVS. Children may also be affected since they use tablets and computers during school and leisure. Moreover, this can be especially harmful if lighting and posture are not ideal.
Some measures can help to prevent computer vision syndrome. Here are five tips to help keep your eyes healthy and to avoid eye damage:
1) Get routine comprehensive eye exams
It is recommended that those who work on their computers have comprehensive eye exams once per year.
Routine eye exams are essential to maintaining eye health. It may very well be the most crucial step to prevent computer vision problems.
During your comprehensive eye exam, share your computer usage (including how far you sit from the screen) with your eye doctor. This will help the eye doctor monitor the effects of your computer usage on your eyes. Your eye doctor can even test your eyes at working distances.
2) Check your lighting and computer settings
If the room is too dark or too bright, this may contribute to eye strain while working on the computer.
Some monitors come with features that help to minimize eye strain. If your computer offers a setting which automatically adjusts the screen brightness according to the room’s lighting, this may help to manage eye stress.
You may also need to adjust other monitor settings such as text size and the screen’s color temperature (lower color temperatures give off less blue light which is connected to eye strain).
3) Take breaks
Taking short and frequent breaks from the computer throughout the day can significantly reduce eye strain.
An excellent practice is the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes look away from the computer screen at an object that is at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
While working on the computer, people often forget to blink.
Blinking is vital because it moistens your eyes to prevent dryness and irritation.
To moisten eyes during computer sessions, you can try blinking slowly 10 times every 20 minutes. This may help to rewet your eyes.
If you find that your eyes are still dry, you may suffer from a widespread and treatable condition called dry eye disease. Your eye doctor can address this concern during your comprehensive eye exam and may offer testing and treatment options.
5) Invest in computer eyewear
The best comfort may be found with eyeglasses that are designed specifically for computer use.
Eyeglasses can be professionally modified to accommodate prolonged computer use better. Your optician can help to select features based on your daily screen time and eye concerns.
If you would like more information about how to reduce computer eye strain, computer eyewear, dry eye disease or to schedule an appointment for a comprehensive eye exam, please call Community Eye Center at +1-941-625-1325
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