Computer Vision Syndrome

Computer Vision Syndrome

Prolonged computer use could be having a negative impact on your eyes.

These days, almost everyone is required to use a screen in some capacity while working. Even if you don’t use it for work, the average person still spends seven hours every day looking at their phone, television, or combination of devices. Many people experience eye strain or even eye pain from prolonged use of these devices, but sometimes it can develop into something more serious: Computer Vision Syndrome, or digital eye strain. Common symptoms include:

  • Eye strain
  • Headaches
  • Blurry vision
  • Dry eyes
  • Neck and shoulder pain

Screens make your eyes work harder than they were designed to. Being constantly focused on a screen for hours at a time can cause eye strain, especially if you’re sitting too close to the screen or even too far away. Extra glare on the screen can also cause your eyes to work harder as they try and see past it to what’s on the screen. It’s probably a window causing the glare, in which case you can angle the screen away. If the overhead lights are too bright, look into alternative light sources, or a dimmer. If none of those options are available to you, a glare filter on your screen can offer some relief.

Computer Vision Syndrome can affect more than just your eyes. Studies have shown that blue light, which is used to backlight screens, has an effect on your sleep cycle, reducing the amount of melatonin hormone. Lack of sleep can lead to eye dryness and discomfort, so if you make a habit of reading your tablet or otherwise watching a screen before bedtime, you might want to switch to a printed book.

Continuous eye strain due to digital devices can lead to problems that go beyond dry or uncomfortable eyes, and can lead to increased vision loss. A good rule of thumb to decrease the likelihood of these symptoms is the 20-20-20 rule: take a 20-second break to view something 20 feet away every 20 minutes. However, if you feel like you already suffer from these symptoms, it’s good to get a comprehensive eye exam to curb any further progression. To schedule an appointment with Sterling Vision, call 866-439-3588 or schedule online.