If you spend more than two hours a day on a computer, you may have a condition called Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS). CVS affects 64% to 90% of all office workers and while it does not cause permanent eye damage, it can be an unpleasant side effect of too much screen time.
CVS symptoms include eye strain, redness, irritation or dryness. You may also experience burning eyes, double or blurred vision, headaches and neck or shoulder pain.
Tips for Eliminating Computer Eye Strain
- Blink frequently - Do not forget to blink periodically. Staring at computer screens can dry our eyes and cause redness and irritation.
- Consider Small Environment glasses - Small Environment glasses are prescription eyewear that is specifically designed for computer work. They allow you to focus your eyes on the distance of a computer screen, which is generally farther away than reading material. Computer glasses optimize your eyesight when you're looking at digital screens and help to reduce glare.
- Keep your monitor bright - This reduces the flicker rate of the computer and reduces fatigue. Flickering can lead to eyestrain and headaches. Also, a bright monitor causes your pupil to constrict, which results in a greater range of focus. This reduces the need for your eye to accommodate and enables you to work longer and with more comfort.
- Check your monitor’s position - The position of your computer monitor can add to your eyestrain. It is important that it be positioned at the proper distance away from your eyes. Optimally, your computer screen should be 15 to 20 degrees below eye level (about 4 or 5 inches) as measured from the center of the screen and 20 to 28 inches from the eyes.
We LOOK forward to SEEING you soon!
Dr. Joel Sollom & Dr. Jonathan Schorn