November 30, 2020
Computer Vision Syndrome, also known as CVS or digital eye strain, is on the rise across the United States. This increasingly common condition is actually a combination of eye and vision problems that are, unsurprisingly, related to the activities which stress the near vision, and which are predominantly experienced as a result of the use of digital devices like computers. Computer Vision Syndrome may not sound serious, but it can result in patients experiencing significant discomfort and other symptoms that interfere with their day to day activities. Fortunately, there are steps that you can take that can help combat the effects of this condition and limit its impact on your quality of life.
Computer vision syndrome can cause a wide range of different symptoms, many of which are also indicators of other eye conditions. Some of the most common include:
Redness and tearing of the eyes
Neck and shoulder pain
Many of these symptoms are experienced in combination with one another. Their severity can also vary, and some are only temporary and may ease once you stop using a digital device, while others may persist for days or weeks afterwards.
No doubt you will be keen to avoid Computer Vision Syndrome, particularly at the current time when you may be working from home and therefore using your digital devices perhaps more than you usually would. The good news is that there are things that can be done that will minimize the likelihood of you developing CVS or help you to combat the symptoms if you are already suffering from it. Here are our top tips for combatting Computer Vision Syndrome.
Rest your eyes. Do not underestimate the benefit of giving your eyes regular screen breaks. Ideally you should aim to rest your eyes for at least 15 minutes after every 2 hours of digital device use.
Follow the 20/20/20 rule. Eye doctors recommend that patients follow the 20/20/20 rule as much as possible. This rule says that every 20 minutes, look into the distance at something at least 20 feet away from you and hold this for at least 20 seconds.
Minimize glare in your environment. Glare is a key contributor to digital eye strain, so try and position your digital device so that you can avoid it. You could also consider using a screen glare filter on your digital device.
Position your screen carefully. Sitting too close or too far away from your screen can also affect how much strain is placed on your eyes. Ideally, your digital device should be positioned between 20 and 28 inches from your eyes.
Remember to blink. When we are concentrating, we often forget to blink as much as we should. Try and make a conscious effort to blink more often as this helps to lubricate and relax your eyes.
Position your chair at the right height. Sitting at the right height can stop you from tilting your head or neck at unnatural angles to look at the screen, which can contribute towards digital eye strain. Make sure that you can sit with your feet flat on the floor and your knees bent at a 90-degree angle.
Consider lubricating eye drops. If you are suffering from dry eye as a result of CVS, ask your eye doctor if you will benefit from using lubricating eye drops which will keep your eyes hydrated and more comfortable.
Visit your eye doctor for annual eye exams. Uncorrected vision problems are a major cause of Computer Vision Disorder. Regular annual eye exams will enable your eye doctor to detect any developing problems and assess your vision to see if you need prescription lenses to help you to see more clearly.
If you are concerned about Computer Vision Syndrome and would like more information, don’t hesitate to speak to our experienced and knowledgeable team at Family Vision Care Associates in White Plains, NY by calling our office today at (941) 359-3300.