Your computer is not your friend. It makes your eyes burn and tear. It gives you headaches. It causes your neck, shoulders, and back to get tense and sore. Unfortunately, using the computer is a necessary evil. So what can you do about it?
1. Take breaks. Every 20 minutes, gaze across the room or out the window for 20 seconds. Spend at least five minutes away from your desk every two hours.
2. Sit up straight. Good posture and a comfortable chair will make a huge difference.
3. Increase viewing distance. Push the monitor farther away and place it lower than eye level if possible.
4. Moisturize. Eyes get dry when blink rate decreases. Supplement with artificial tears every two hours.
5. Stay out of the spotlight. Make sure your screen is free from reflections and glare.
6. Upgrade. LCD displays are superior to CRT screens.
7. Invest in appropriate eyewear. Computer glasses with anti-reflective coating are a must. Your eye doctor will customize a prescription based on the distance from your eye to your monitor. The new anti-glare coatings block harmful blue light emitted by the screen.
You don’t have to suffer from Computer Vision Syndrome. Contact Modern Optometry today to schedule an eye exam.
Computer vision syndrome (CVS) is a term used to describe vision and joint related problems resulting from long periods of computer use. Staring at a computer screen for extended periods of time can lead to eyestrain, headaches, and blurred vision. Vision disorders such as myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism and presbyopia may contribute to CVS. Furthermore, the distance and angle a person sits from a computer screen can cause neck and back problems.
Having an eye exam to check for uncorrected vision problems is the first place to start. A refraction, or eyeglass prescription check, will discover if eyeglasses need to be prescribed. Eyeglasses will eliminate blurry vision, glare, and help your eyes focus up close.
The second step involves checking your body position and distance while sitting in front of a computer screen. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), your computer screen should be 15 to 20 degrees below eye level or (4 to 5 inches) measured from the center of the screen and 20 to 28 inches from your eyes.
If you are experiencing eye fatigue or strain after using a computer, schedule an appointment with Modern Optometry today. We will check your eyes and recommend appropriate treatments for your problems.
Look for future articles on anti-fatigue and computer glasses. These exciting new lens technologies offer solutions to problems caused by our modern lifestyles.
Source Article: American Optometric Association