Computer Vision Syndrome
Updated: Apr 11
Love it or hate it, in this day and age we use computers more than ever. Unfortunately, with increased screen-time comes sore eyes, headaches, and blurred vision. This phenomenon is what’s referred to as Computer Vision Syndrome. Fortunately, there are a few easy things you can try to reduce experienced discomfort while behind a screen.
Eyes feeling strained and dried out? Don’t forget to blink. Blinking naturally washes and refreshes the surface of your eyes when they’re feeling parched.
The 20-20-20 rule is a great way to care for your peepers while plugging away on a keyboard. The idea is to look at something 20 feet away every 20 minutes for at least 20 seconds. Not only will your eyes thank you, this also doubles as a nice break for your mind.
When it comes to the relationship between your eyes and the computer monitor it’s time for some space. Unsurprisingly, sitting too close to a screen can cause major discomfort, luckily this issue can easily be avoided by sitting the proper distance from your screen. Ideally, there should be 20-40 inches between your eyes and the monitor. In addition, experts recommend placing the screen 4 to 5 inches below eye level for maximum comfort.
Contact lens wearers are more likely to experience discomfort while behind the screen for extended periods of time than those without. Luckily, you can give your eyes a break once in a while with computer glasses. Computer glasses use special lens coatings and tints to help combat bright glare and irritating blue light emitted by screens.
Screen glare is the enemy when it comes to Computer Vision Syndrome. Position your monitor to avoid reflections from windows and overhead lighting. If necessary, consider changing to bulbs with lower wattage or installing a set of blinds to keep glare down to a minimum.
Yearly eye exams and good computer usage habits will help prevent or reduce symptoms associated with Computer Vision Syndrome. Schedule an appointment with Baldwin Eye Care, LLC today!