Computer Vision Syndrome
What is computer vision syndrome? It is a multi-factorial condition that affects most computers users, especially those over the age of 40. It can cause a variety of uncomfortable symptoms such as eye strain, blurry vision, visual fatigue, dry eyes, headaches, neck strain, backaches, and wrist pain. These unwanted symptoms limit the efficiency of most computer users, causing discomfort and visual stress. Luckily, making a couple of changes to your daily habits, computer posture, and monitor settings could eliminate the effects associated with computer vision syndrome.
- 20/20 rule: Take a 20 second break every 20 minutes and look at things in the distance.
- This may sound obvious but remember to BLINK! While on the computer, we tend to blink 66% less than our regular blink pattern! Use artificial tears 3-4 times daily as needed to keep your eyes lubricated.
- Posture: Feet flat on the ground, knees bent at 90 degrees, and your back should be snug against the back of your seat to provide proper back alignment. Keep a distance of 20 to 26 inches from your eyes to the monitor.
- Monitor: The top of the monitor is slightly lower than eye level and slightly tilted away from you. Keep the monitor clean and free of dust or fingerprints. Reduce the amount of glare on your computer screen using glare reduction filters, adjusting the angle of your monitor, or facing your computer away from glare sources. Maximum computer screen resolution at all times, optimal contrast settings, choosing the right brightness. Also, Increase your font size.
- Most importantly, don't forget to have your annual eye exam to ensure that your eyes are healthy and that you have the correct eyeglass and/or contact lens prescription for the computer! You can benefit from anti-reflective coating on your glasses to reduce glare, and glasses custom made for your computer working distance.
Make your eye appointment today for personalized advice on eyewear selection in order to maximize your computer experience based on your specific work environment.