Computer Vision Syndrome | Simple Relief Steps
Anyone can experience Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS)! People who spend two or more hours a day looking at a monitor are good candidates. The symptoms can be quite varied but generally include some or all the following:
- Headache – due to eye-strain
- Aches & Pains – especially of the shoulders and neck due to poor posture at the computer because the wearer is sitting at an unnatural position or angle to get good vision
- Dry Eyes – due to reduced blinking
- Tired Eyes –due to strain focusing on the screen
- Blurred Vision – due to decreased tears and focusing difficulties
Some of these symptoms should send you to your eye-doctor. They will likely confirm the diagnosis with or without the aid of a specialized computer vision screening test. You will then most likely be prescribed a pair of computer glasses.
In the simplest cases, these may include single-vision glasses with a low plus power addition that provides slight magnification. A light tint (possibly rose or gray) to make reading more relaxing on the eyes and a UV coat to reduce harmful radiation from the screen is also beneficial. These computer glasses may reduce many of the above symptoms of computer vision syndrome.
In addition, to ease your symptoms related to computer vision syndrome, you should always follow these basic steps:
- Ensure you have adequate and proper lighting. Eyestrain occurs when the light coming from outside or inside is excessively bright. You should reduce exterior light by drawing shades or blinds. This will make the monitor easier to read. Reduce interior light where possible as well.
- Adjust the screen brightness & contrast on your monitor. Make sure to optimize the contrast for readability of text. Brightness should be adjusted for maximum comfort to match your vision.
- Minimize glare. Keep obvious light sources away from areas where reflection will be a problem. Use an anti-glare filter on the screen. Consider an anti-reflective coating on your glasses.
Computer vision syndrome may bring the problem of dry scratchy eyes. This will often require treatment with eye drops, or supplements. In extreme cases, treatment with punctual occlusion may be required. This is a procedure in which the tear-duct drainage points in the eye are partly blocked to allow tears to stay for longer periods in and around the eyes.
The best solution for protecting your eyes from any vision syndrome is prevention. Your vision does not heal as readily as damaged muscle or torn ligaments. Take care to avoid any type of vision syndrome by wearing a good pair of computer glasses when possible.