What is Computer Vision Syndrome and How to Deal With It
Computer vision syndrome refers to eye problems caused by computer use, and includes electronics such as smart phones, tablets, and laptops.
Computer Vision Syndrome
Computer vision syndrome refers to eye problems caused by computer use, and includes electronics such as smart phones, tablets, and laptops. Eye strain, discomfort, and vision issues are increasingly common with prolonged screen time. Common symptoms include blurred vision, headaches, eyestrain, dry eye, and neck and shoulder pain.
What causes Computer Vision Syndrome
A number of factors can contribute to these symptoms. The longer you spend in front of the computer, the more likely you are to be affected. Other factors can be uncorrected vision problems, poor lighting, glare from the screen, improper seating posture, and viewing distance to the screen.
Treatment of Computer Syndrome
Treatment of the Computer Syndrome
A comprehensive eye examination by your optometrist is the first step in diagnosing Computer Vision Syndrome. There are a number of simple measures that can reduce symptoms. Taking regular "eye breaks" away from the screen gives your eyes an opportunity to relax, and remember to keep blinking your eyes, to help prevent dryness. Proper room lighting is important to reduce glare and reflections off of the screen, including stray lights from windows. The position of the monitor is also important to ensure your gaze is slightly down towards the screen, and it is not too close for optimal focusing. You may need proper computer glasses to help relieve some of the symptoms, and ensure optimal functioning of your eyes on the computer.
Contact Waterloo Eye Care for details on the different types of glasses that can help with the eye strain and computer use.
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