Many of us know the feeling: Sore, tired eyes, squinting and struggling to focus as we stare at a computer screen. You may also feel pain in your neck, shoulders or back. But did you know this is actually a named condition?
Computer vision syndrome (CVS), according to Time Magazine, affects between 64 and 90 percent of all office workers. In addition, with the increase in use of electronic devices in recent years, many non-office workers also experience CVS from long hours looking at smartphones, video games, or tablets.
What are some of the causes of computer vision syndrome?
- Trying to work in a space that is too brightly lit, or straining to see in dim light
- Computer tasks that involve extended amounts of time staring at a screen, such as reading or writing
- Staring too long at any digital screen, including a variety of electronic devices
What can you do to address eye strain?
- Adjust the lighting in your workspace. Eliminate, if possible, any light sources that are causing a glare on your screen, as glares can be a cause of eye strain.
- Regularly clean your computer screen, as dust can actually decrease your screen’s sharpness—making it harder for your eyes to focus.
- Remember to blink! This may seem obvious, but put a reminder on your desk if you need it.
- Follow the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, look away from your computer at least 20 feet, for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid eye dryness by using artificial tears and, if needed, running a humidifier to add moisture to the air.
- Finally—and most important—make sure you do not have an uncorrected vision problem or an outdated prescription. If you are experiencing significant eye strain, it could be a sign of a more serious vision problem. Make an appointment with your eye doctor to have a comprehensive eye exam, which can ensure your glasses or contact lens prescription is up-to-date and not contributing to or causing your eye strain. Your eye doctor can also discuss the possibility of laser vision correction.
If you have questions about eye strain, or whether you should consider laser vision correction surgery, contact the team at LASIK Vision Centers of Cleveland.