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  • Writer's pictureShruti GOCHHWAL

Do I have Computer Vision Syndrome?

We live in a digital world, where the use of computers, tablets, and smartphones have become mandatory. The Computer is an integral part of life and most of the working professionals need to spend long hours before the computer. But have you ever thought how much this would affect the eyes? Well, the use of computers cannot be avoided, but we can follow certain precautions and help maintain your eyes healthy.

What is Computer Vision Syndrome?

Computer Vision Syndrome

The digital world!, Credits: pxfuel

The Digital eye strain is often referred to as Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) as an eye and eye problems that arise from extended computer use, smartphone, e-reader and cell phones. As the amount of digital screen time increases, the level of eye discomfort also rises. It is estimated that 50 to 90% of people experience some forms of symptoms of CVS.

Working on Computer

Computer vision Syndrome

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Computers damage your vision when your eyes are continuously following the same route. The longer duration you continue the same movement, the problems worsen. Your eyes must focus constantly and refocus all of this will strain your eye muscles. Also as we stare at the computer screens for a longer duration, we might blink our eyes far less frequently. This leads to dry eyes and a blurred sight. This sort of occupational stress can be avoided by following proper postures.

Causes of Computer Vision Syndrome

Causes of Computer vision Syndrome

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CVS can affect people of any age group, but symptoms are less reported in children. The following are the causes of CVS.

  1. Uncorrected spectacle power

  2. Wearing inappropriate glasses to view digital screens

  3. Decreased blink rate or tear function

  4. The strain on the eye muscles due to the nature of the work

  5. Poor workstation setup

  6. Nature of job and its stress

Symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome

Symptoms of CVS

Prolonged computer use causes neck pain, Credits: pxfuel

Long term use of the computer is not shown to cause long term damage to the eyes. However regular use of computers can cause strain in your eyes and create discomfort.

Below are the common symptoms of computer vision syndrome.

  1. Eyestrain

  2. Blurred vision

  3. Double vision

  4. Dry, red eyes

  5. Eye irritation

  6. Headaches

  7. Neck and shoulder pain

  8. Difficulty in changing focus between far and near

How Do I Get Rid of Computer Vision Syndrome?

Get rid of CVS

Proper posture helps to get rid of CVS,Credits: pxfuel

  1. Location of the screen: As measured from the middle of the screen, the computer screen should be 15-20 degrees below eye level. The correct location is somewhat just under 20-28 inches from your face.

  2. Cut the glare: You have to make sure that the lighting in the room is comfortable. To your screen you may install a glare filter.

  3. Proper posture: Make sure you are sitting in a comfortable chair with the right neck and back support.

  4. Organize your stuff: Do not stretch your neck or strain your eyes to view what is on your screen. If you are working with printed materials, place a stand next to your monitor.

Get rid of CVS

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  1. Take Breaks: To help overcome digital eye strain, follow a 20-20-20 rule. Always take a 20-second pause after 20 minutes to see something 20 feet out. Blink frequently to keep your skin moist.

  2. Change the settings: You can adjust the brightness, contrast, and font size as per your comfort.

How to Take Care of Your Eyes

As eyes are a fundamental basis for your living, we have to pay adequate attention to care for your eyes. If you regularly use digital screens, please do the following.

Vision eye care

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Regular Eye checkups: A regular visit to your ophthalmologist will help minimize the risk of vision problems. Even if you don’t wear spectacles for your regular use, you can use glasses for using the digital screens. There are special lenses available to help maximize your visual abilities and comfort. If you already wear spectacles, be sure to check that you are wearing correct and updated prescription glasses.

Vision eye care

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Vision Therapy: Despite wearing correct glasses, if you face issues on your eyes, practice eye exercises that help improve eye movement and focusing. A vision therapy involves a structured group of activities to improve vision abilities and help train the eyes and brain coordinate effectively.

Take-Home Message

Computer vision syndrome can be prevented by following appropriate exercises and postures.

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