March 13, 2019
Do you use a digital device? Chances are that you use one often. As many as 4 billion people are now online. As our world becomes more digitized, so do your chances of developing computer vision syndrome.
Computer vision syndrome is also known as digital eye strain. It is typically a collection of eye- and vision-related problems linked with digital use. However, there are symptoms like light sensitivity, headaches, and pain in the shoulders, neck, and back associated with it.
Anyone who looks at a digital device for a long period of time (more than 3 hours) can develop symptoms of computer vision syndrome. It happens because your eyes have a harder time focusing on digital elements on the screen. Digital elements are typically made up of pixels, which have blurred edges.
Check Your Eye Prescription: If you wear glasses or contact lenses, make sure your prescription is up to date. According to the AOA, the presence of even minor vision problems can often significantly affect comfort and performance at a computer or while using other digital screen devices. Uncorrected or under corrected vision problems can be major contributing factors to computer-related eyestrain.
One way to check your prescription is to test your eyes withEyeQue’s VisionCheck. It allows you to test your vision quickly and accurately.
Consider Computer Glasses: There are glasses specifically developed to alleviate computer vision. These glasses typically have an anti-reflective coating on the lenses to prevent glare. This prevents eye strain. Computer glasses also block your eyes from potentially harmful high-energy visible blue light from your computer screen and digital devices.
Check Your Desk Set Up: Give your eyes, neck, and shoulders a break. Place your monitor at a downward angle. Quick tip: Your eyes should be level with the top of your monitor. Also, check your lighting. Sunlight on your monitor can cause a glare. Glare on a screen can cause eye strain. Use blinds or curtains to reduce the amount of glare on your monitor. Adjust the font size (enlarge font size) on the device and dim the screen to further reduce glare.
Make Sure to Blink: As you read on a digital device, it can be easy to forget to blink. But if you forget to blink, your eyes lose essential lubrication. Make an effort to blink to ensure that your eyes are lubricated. You can also use lubricating eye drops if you naturally suffer from dry eyes.
Take Breaks: Practice the 20-20-20 rule. Blink, take frequent breaks, and exercise the eyes by looking at something at a distance for ten to twenty seconds, looking at something close-up for ten to twenty seconds, and then looking at something at a distance again for another ten to twenty seconds.