The modern world is damaging eyes. Prolonged exposure to computer screens, phones, tablets and other digital devices can damage vision. The Vision Council estimates 83% of Americans spend 2 or more hours per day on a digital device. For many, this can be alleviated by limiting time spent on phones and e-readers yet for the average office employee, that may be a bit of a challenge. The American Optometry Association concluded the average American spends up to 7 hours per day looking at a computer screen.
Today over two-thirds of Americans report symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS). Also referred to as digital eyestrain, CVS includes painful short- and long-term symptoms such as:
- Neck and shoulder strain
- Blurred and interrupted vision
- Migraine headaches
- Lost vision and more
Proximity to the screen, ambient lighting, and screen brightness can also contribute to CVS. The American Optometry Association warns of further complications should symptoms go untreated.
Approaching Digital Eyestrain
There are several steps to take that may help reduce the risk for developing Computer Vision Syndrome:
- Maintain an upright posture while viewing screens
- If prescribed corrective lenses, be sure to wear them
- Position device screens approximately 2 feet from the eyes
- Employ effective lighting to minimizes screen glare
- Look away from screens at 20-minute intervals for 20 seconds
- Reduce fatigue and dry eye by blinking often
A comprehensive eye exam can help detect signs of digital eyestrain. A medical professional can make recommendations for individual treatment solutions.
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Originally posted 2017-12-15 12:19:00.