COMPUTER VISION SYNDROME

The general feeling of tiredness and discomfort experienced by millions of computer users around the world is called "Computer Vision Syndrome" (CVS). CVS is the term used to describe a broad range of health issues arising from prolonged usage of computer devices.

Common indicators or symptoms of discomfort caused by CVS:

  • Headaches
  • Eyestrain
  • Blurred vision
  • Dry- eyes
  • Fatigue
  • Shoulder ache
  • What Causes CVS?

    Millions of computer users around the world face discomfort caused by prolonged computer usage from a variety of interrelated factors. Distance between the eye and the screen, brightness and contrast of the computer display, ambient lighting in the room and seating posture are all key elements which could cause Computer Visual Syndrome. Though CVS is a temporary condition, the frequency of its occurrence and intensity can be minimized through certain preventive measures.

    Six Simple Steps to Relief

    Here are some simple steps you can take to help minimize the impact of Computer Vision Syndrome:

    Keep blinking

    It washes your eyes in naturally therapeutic tears.

    Remember 20-20-20.

    Every 20 minutes, spend 20 seconds looking at something 20 feet away, minimum.

    Get the right light.

    Good lighting isn’t just flattering – it’s healthy for your eyes. So, keep bright lighting overhead to a minimum. Keep your desk lamp shining on your desk, not you. Try to keep window light off to the side, rather than in front or behind you. Use blinds and get a glare screen. Position the computer screen to reduce reflections from windows or overhead lights.

    Monitor your monitor

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    Keep it at least 20 inches from your eyes. Center should be about 4 to 6 inches below your eyes. Also, make sure it’s big enough and with just the right brightness and contrast. Adjust the screen so you look at it slightly downward and are about 24 to 28 inches away. Adjust the screen settings to where they are comfortable — contract polarity, resolution, flicker, etc.

    Wear those computer glasses.

    Your Optometrist can prescribe a pair of eyeglasses just for viewing the computer screen well. If necessary, wear the appropriate corrective lenses while at the computer.

    Check your eyes:

    During your eye exam, Your Optometrist can check for more than just computer vision problems. They’ll check your visual acuity accordingly they’ll suggest the best suitable spectacles.