Americans spend an average of seven hours every day on the computer. No wonder cases of computer vision syndrome have been increasing over the years. Here’s what your low vision specialist want you to know about this eye problem:
What Is Computer Vision Syndrome?
Computer vision syndrome, also called digital eye strain, refers to a group of eye-related problems that you experience after using your computer or other digital devices for a prolonged period. Screens have certain characteristics that can be highly demanding on your eyes, which is why viewing a monitor often causes your eyes to work harder. Your eyes’ workload increases further when you’re slouching, sitting in a dim room or using a screen that’s too bright.
Eventually, your eyes will be overworked and they will feel heavy and sore, which are the hallmark symptoms of digital eye strain. You may have blurry vision too even if you’re using contact lenses. Dry eyes, headaches as well as neck and shoulder pain are common too. These symptoms often go away on their own after you’ve stopped using your devices.
How Is Digital Eye Strain Prevented?
We understand that using a computer is a part of your life, and totally cutting off your access to digital devices may not be the most practical solution. This is why your eye doctor suggests to at least control the lighting and glare, so your eyes won’t have to work as much. You should also observe proper posture and working distances when using your computer.
Make the 20-20-20 rule a habit too. Take a break every 20 minutes you’ve spent on your computer. Rest your eyes for 20 seconds by looking 20 feet away. Also, don’t forget to have your eyes checked regularly too. You can ask your eye doctor if they can recommend computer-safe eyeglasses, which are designed to make viewing devices easier on the eyes.
Call us at (717) 609-4443 or complete our form to request an appointment and learn more about computer vision syndrome. We serve PA residents in Shippensburg, Greencastle and other nearby communities.