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Posted on 08-02-2017
Computer vision syndrome isn't one specific problem, but a collection of symptoms that are caused by too much time in front of computers and other devices. The more you use the screens, the worse the symptoms will progress. At ProEye, we see an increasing number of patients with computer vision syndrome, with a wide variety of symptoms. Most of them develop their symptoms at work, using a computer all day, but an increasing number of patients are appearing with problems that begin with over using other devices for leisure time activities.
Each patient can have a unique combination of symptoms, but all of them are related to the basic fact that they spend many hours each day staring at an electronic device of some type. Some of the most common symptoms we see are:
While most of the symptoms can be tied to the screen use itself, there are contributing factors that computer vision syndrome worse. These can include glare on the digital screen, poor room lighting, bad posture and even uncorrected vision problems.
Fixing the problem is mostly a matter of changing your environment and your behavior. The first step is to have your vision examined in our office. Many people need different prescriptions for different distances. Our optometrist can prescribe special glasses that correct your vision at the correct distance for computer use.
Arrange your environment at work to help avoid computer vision problems. Move your monitor so that the center of the screen is at eye level, and about 24 inches away from your face. Cover windows to reduce glare, and arrange to light so it's bright enough without shining on the screen.
Once you're working, practice the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes look away from the screen. Focus on something 20 feet away for 20 seconds before going back to work
If you've begun to develop symptoms of computer vision syndrome, it's important that you have your eyes examined. Contact our office at 860-872-3348 for an appointment.
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