Computer Vision Syndrome – What You Should Know
Save Your Vision Month – Computer Eyestrain
The use of computers is almost universal in the modern world. Computers are used for both work and play. With the popularity of smartphones and tablets, we now have more exposure to the computer screen than we ever had before.
This increase in screen time comes with an increase in eyestrain and other eye and vision problems associated with computer vision syndrome such as headaches, blurred vision, physical fatigue, dry eyes, and burning eyes.
Here are some ways you can help protect your eyes from eyestrain:
Getting a comprehensive eye exam
Getting an eye exam, at least once a year, is the most important thing you can do to help prevent or treat computer vision problems. In some cases, individuals who do not require the use of eyeglasses for other daily activities may benefit from glasses prescribed specifically for computer use. In addition, persons already wearing glasses may find their current prescription does not provide optimal vision for viewing a computer. Be sure to tell your eye doctor how often you use a computer at work and home.
Use proper lighting
Position the computer screen to avoid glare, particularly from overhead lighting or windows. Use blinds or drapes on windows and replace the light bulbs in desk lamps with bulbs of lower wattage.
Blink more often
While working on a computer, we often forget to blink. Blinking moistens your eyes to prevent dryness and irritation.
To prevent eyestrain, try to rest your eyes when using the computer for long periods. Rest your eyes for 15 minutes after two hours of continuous computer use. Also, for every 20 minutes of computer viewing, look into the distance for 20 seconds to allow your eyes a chance to refocus.
Protecting your vision from eyestrain is important to us. Call our office today to schedule an eye exam.