Ben Watkins asked:
How do you deal with computer vision syndrome?
Computer Vision Syndrome is nothing to ignore, for sure. Even staring at a screen for only a couple of hours per day can strain our eyes, and let’s face it: we all stare at our monitors and devices longer than that day in and day out.
The most common symptoms associated with Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) are:
- blurred vision
- dry eyes
- neck and shoulder pain
Having poor lighting in the room, glare from the computer screen, improper viewing distances, poor seated posture and uncorrected vision problems can all contribute to the development of CVS. The good news is that most of these are quite easily corrected, thus getting rid of your eye issues when looking at your screen.
Lighting: – Make sure you have proper lighting in the room you’re in. Natural light is, of course, best. Failing that, be sure to NEVER ever NEVER stare at your screen in the dark – and have either a ceiling light on or a lamp or two near the desk.
Distance: – According to the American Optometric Association: “Most people find it more comfortable to view a computer when the eyes are looking downward. Optimally, the computer screen should be 15 to 20 degrees below eye level (about 4 or 5 inches) as measured from the center of the screen and 20 to 28 inches from the eyes.”
Posture: – Sit up straight! No, your Mom isn’t in the room with me. Trust me – I spend wayyyyyyy too many hours sitting at my desk each day. Add in the fact that I’m 40 years old now (holy HELL – how did that happen?!) and I can’t begin to stress how important good posture is while at a computer. This helps keep your body in line, reduces strain on your eyes AND helps prevent neck, back and shoulder pain. Many people find using a “back cushion” to help, as well.
Vision Problems: – If you are having any of the above symptoms on a regular basis, I urge you to see an eye doctor. Let the professionals decide whether you “just” have CVS or if there’s an underlying issue on top of it.
Compute smart and safe!