Did you know that 70% of Americans suffer from computer vision syndrome?
CVS happens when you stare at the computer for too long.
I discovered some valuable insight into this problem from Eye Care magazine published by HealthMonitor.
This type of “near work” strains the muscles in your eyes that focus on near objects and you also tend to blink less, which can dry out eyes.
Symptoms include blurry vision, headaches and strained, dry or tired eyes.
According to eye specialists, there are five simple steps that can help alleviate this.
1. Follow the two-foot rule: sit about 25 inches away from your computer and tilt the screen to so you look down on your work.
2. Get rid of the glare: glare from overhead lighting and the sun can reflect off your screen…this contributes to eye strain. Dim the lights around your workspace and use shades or curtains to avoid direct light. You could also try an attachable anti-glare screen for your computer.
3. Take breaks: follow the 20-20-20 rule…every 20 minutes, look 20 feet across the room for at least 20 seconds. In this way you will be activating your distance vision. Blink often and take mini-breaks away from your desk. Close your eyes briefly and practice deep breathing which also helps relax the eye muscles.
4. Check your prescription: if you or your children wear glasses, make sure the prescription is up-to-date. Eyes do change and it is important to see your eye doctor on a yearly basis, especially if you wear glasses. If you or your children are having eye problems whether you wear glasses or not, please make an appointment…our eyes are so precious and they are not replaceable.
5. Moisturize: staring at a computer screen, especially in an air-conditioned room, can lead to dry eyes. Use artificial tears or a desktop humidifier and remember the 20-20-20 rule…look away and blink.
Many of us do lots of close work and when you add up the time children spend reading books and doing homework assignments, playing or working on the computer or other electronic devices and watching TV, you’ll agree that it’s really important for them to follow these simple steps as well.
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