Are you experiencing physical fatigue, eye twitching, or an increase in work errors? What about eye reddening or decreased productivity? Believe it or not, you could be suffering from computer eye strain, or Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS). An unpleasant condition, it has become a major issue in today’s workplace and affects between 50 and 90 percent of people who work with computers!
At Classic Vision Care, we are committed to you and your eyes. Today, we would like to share some tips with you that will help you care for your eyes when you work on a computer:
- Eye Exam. Get a routine comprehensive eye exam; it’s the single most important thing you can do to treat or prevent CVS. You need one at least once a year if you work on computers, according to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.
- Eyewear. When you talk to your eye doctor, ask about customized computer glasses, especially if you wear contact lenses. You may want to consider photochromic lenses, or lightly tinted lenses, for your eyewear; these can limit your exposure to that blue light emitted by digital devices.
- Lighting. Close drapes or blinds to eliminate exterior light, and use bulbs with a lower intensity. Eye strain can be caused if your ambient light is not low enough while you are using a computer. Glare can also be a problem, and installing an anti-glare screen on your monitor can really help.
- Monitor. Replace any old tube-style monitor with a liquid crystal display (LCD) flat panel monitor, such as those on laptops. These screens are much easier on the eyes and their surfaces are usually anti-reflective.
- Display. Adjust your display settings to help reduce eye strain and fatigue. The brightness should be set at approximately the same level as your surrounding workstation, while the text size and contrast need to be set for your comforts. Black print on a white background often is the best. Reducing the blue light color temperature of your display will lessen the strain on your eyes, as well.
- Blink. Blinking moistens your eyes and prevents dryness and irritation. When working at a computer, most of us blink less often, so those tears that coat our eyes aren’t as available to do their job.
- Rest. Look away from your screen every 20 minutes or so and gaze at a distant object for maybe half a minute. This will relax the focusing muscle inside your eye, reducing fatigue. Taking frequent breaks is yet another way to reduce your risk of CVS and the neck, back or shoulder pain that you can suffer from. This infograph provided by the American Optometric Association is a helpful tool to remind you to rest your eyes.
Here at Classic Vision Care, we offer comprehensive eye exams, and we are happy to talk with you about your computer usage and the eyewear options available. We care about you and your eyes!