Digital Eye Strain is sometimes called Computer Vision Syndrome or CVS. We live in a world where our time is consumed by digital devices such as computers, tablets, and cell phones – leaving us all prone to suffering from CVS. Signs include eyestrain, headaches, blurry vision, dry eyes, and neck and shoulder pain. In addition to increased time on the computer other factors contribute to CVS such as poor lighting, reflections from the device itself, poor posture, or underlying vision problems.
Treating CVS begins with visiting your eye doctor for annual eye exams. Your optometrist will evaluate your prescription, including being nearsighted, farsighted, presbyopia (the inability to focus at near), along with the general health of your eyes. Many options exist for prescription eyewear to help combat CVS including anti-reflective coatings and specialty lenses for the computer.
In addition to proper eyewear for computer and other digital devices there are other things you can do to help with the symptoms of computer vision syndrome.
- Sit 20-28 inches away from the computer screen at a 15-20 degree angle
- Limit glare as much as possible by using dimmer light bulbs and closing blinds
- Sit with your feet flat on the floor
- Take a break. Start by following the 20-20-20 rule. For every 20 minutes, take a 20 second break, and look 20 feet away. After 2 hours take a 15 minute break from the computer
- Blink often to help with dryness
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