Are you at risk of computer vision syndrome?


Not many people are aware of Computer Vision Syndrome (CV) or that they are at risk of developing CV, so what is computer vision syndrome. Well computer vision syndrome or also known as Digital Eye Strain (DES) is a condition that is caused by prolonged use of any form of technology with a digital screen, such as computers, tablets and even smart phones.

Many of us experience the symptoms of CV or digital eye strain, but often don’t even realise it or know it’s our technology habits that are causing the symptoms. After all the average person spends around 7.5 hours in front of screens every day, according to The Vision Council.

What are the symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome or Digital Eye Strain?

There are a verity of symptoms that we can experience with digital eye strain and some of us may only experience a few  and others may experience all of the following symptoms:

  • Eye fatigue / tired eyes
  • Eye discomfort
  • Headaches
  • Dry eyes / itchy eyes / irritated eyes
  • Blurry vision / double vision
  • Neck pain / shoulder pain / back pain

Now that we know what computer vision syndrome is, you may be thinking what are some of the contributing factors are? Well there are a few factors such as poor lighting, which plays a large role in CV, because our eyes have to work harder in bad light in order to see an object. Also not sitting or being the right distance for viewing your electronic device is another major contributor. This is because as with poor lighting our eyes have to work harder then they need to depending on how far away our screens are from our eyes.

How can I prevent Computer Vision Syndrome or Digital Eye Strain?

Technology is a massive necessary in this day and age and before you think I am going to suggest you stop watching TV, working on your laptop or ditching your smart phone / tablet, I am not. But here are some helpful tips on how you can keep using this technology and try to avoid getting of the above computer vision syndrome symptoms.

  • Make sure your eyes are as healthy as possible by having regular checkups with your optician.
  • Make sure you have the create posture and your screen is the right distance from your eyes.
  • Make sure your screen is bright enough that your eyes don’t need to strain.
  • Work in well-lit areas and try to prevent any screen glare as much as possible.
  • Take frequent breaks from your technology; rest your eyes for 15 minutes for every 2 hours of continuous screen use.
  • Blink frequently or use eye drops or artificial tears, to prevent your eyes from drying out.

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Computer vision syndrome or digital eye syndrome varies from person to person. Sometimes the condition can happen quickly, while other times it can take months or even years for the symptoms to appear.

If you do end up getting CV or DES and before you ditch your smart phones, tablets, laptops etc., digital eye strain is not permanent vision issue if you follow some or all of the prevention’s mentioned above and you should  see a reduction to your symptoms quickly  and in no time your will no long have CV or DES.  But if your symptoms don’t seem to improve after you have made the above changes, I advise you to go and seek guidance from your local optician.

Do you or have you every experienced any of the computer vision syndrome, symptoms mentioned above? How do you keep your eyes safe while using technology? emma-xx


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