Computer Vision Syndrome: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

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#. What is Computer Vision Syndrome?

With PCs and other electronic gadgets turning into an indispensable piece of our day by day lives, numerous people wind up watching PC screens, tablet, tablet, and cell phones for prolonged or extended periods that can put a real strain on one’s eyes.

This digital eye strain falls under the heading ‘computer Vision Syndrome (CVS)’. CVS has turned out to be more typical nowadays as very nearly 50% to 90% of individuals work on PC screens for more than 3 to 4 hours per day. Working adults as well as even children are influenced because of utilization of tablets and PCs at school if utilized for delayed hours. Notwithstanding, CVS is an temporary condition that is caused because of focusing on PC screen for a really long time.

#. What causes Computer Vision Syndrome?

There are various factors that contributes for CVS to develop. This could incorporate lighting in the room, seating position, distance from the screen, glare and reflections on the screen and environment, strain on the muscles of the eye because of work style, poor workstation setup or inaccurate utilization of workstation, diminished flicker rate or tear work, uncorrected display control, improper glasses for PC utilize, edge of the head, work nature and stress. Any one or the majority of the components join to cause an awkward measure of strain on your eyes. Additionally, when one stretches around 40 years, the capacity to focus on close and far articles begins leaving, which is called as ‘presbyopia’ by eye specialists.

#. Symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome

Regular use of computer can start having effects on your body including eyes, although there is no proof that it causes any long-term damage to the eyes. However, you may have experienced at least one of the common symptoms of CVS which include:

Headaches, Neck pain, Shoulder pain, Burning eyes, Dry & red eyes, Eye irritation, Light sensitivity, Double or blurred vision, Eye fatigue, Vertigo/Dizziness, Polypia and Difficulty in changing focus between far and near.  If you experience any of the above problems, it is advisable to look into to avoid further damage to your eyes.

#. Treatment for Computer Vision Syndrome

 A couple of straightforward changes can help forestall or decrease the danger of PC eye strain and other basic manifestations of CVS:

  • Use proper lighting that is comfortable on your eyes, and prevents you from staring into glare on the computer screen. Adjust or add window blinds and get an anti-glare screen on your monitor. Position the computer screen to reduce reflections from windows or overhead lights. If the overhead fixtures are too bright, change light bulbs to a full spectrum light or a lower wattage light. Buy yourself a desk lamp with a moveable shade that casts light evenly over your desk.
  • Place your computer at least 20 inches away from your eyes. Adjust the monitor so that it is slightly below your eye level, about 20 to 28 inches away from your face. Adjust the screen settings to where they are comfortable, such as contract polarity, resolution, flicker, brightness, contrast, and font size.
  • Ensure that your chair is comfortable and has support for your neck and back. This will help you avoid neck and shoulder strain commonly associated with CVS.
  • Follow the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, spend 20 seconds looking at something 20 feet away, that will give the overused muscles and computer eye strain a necessary time out. Blink often to keep your eyes moist, as blinking washes your eyes in naturally therapeutic tears. Use eye lubricants, if you have dry eyes to keep them moist.
  • If you wear glasses, purchase lenses with anti-reflective (AR) coating. AR coating reduces glare by minimizing the amount of light reflecting off the front and back surfaces of your eyeglass lenses.
  • Visit your eye doctor regularly for comprehensive eye exams and keep your prescriptions up to date. It could also be time to try a separate set of glasses while in front of a computer.

Disclaimer: Please note that this article should not be construed as a medical advice. This article is not intended to replace the recommendations of a medical professional.