What is Computer Vision Syndrome?
Computer vision syndrome (CVS) is a condition caused by prolonged use of digital devices such as computers, tablets, e-readers and smartphones. Symptoms of CVS include eyestrain, headaches, blurred vision, double vision, dry eyes, eye irritation, red eyes, and neck or back pain.
Is Computer Vision Syndrome permanent?
Most symptoms associated with CVS are temporary and do not result in any long-term damage. The symptoms usually reduce or go away a few hours after you stop using the digital screen. However, if the problems leading to consistent eye strain are not resolved or the symptoms are not properly treated, the discomfort will continue. CVS symptoms over long periods of time can worsen existing eye conditions and lead to reduced visual acuity after stopping work on the screen.
How can I relieve eye stress from looking at computers all day, every day?
Eye stress from looking at computers for long hours can be greatly reduced by working in a room with adequate lighting, maintaining proper distance from the device, by taking breaks regularly (Use the “20-20-20” rule: Every 20 minutes, look away from your screen and fix your eyes on something at least 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds), using a comfortable chair that encourages good posture, using computer glasses with anti-glare coating and by blinking frequently to keep the front surface of the eye moist.
Will anti-reflective coating on my eye glasses eliminate glare?
A common problem with prescription glasses is back-glare, which is light (reflected from the computer screen) that hits the back of the lenses and bounces into the eyes, interfering with your vision. The purpose of an anti-reflective (AR) coating is to reduce the glare caused by light hitting the back of the lenses. This can reduce distractions caused by reflections and glare, optimize visual acuity and significantly lower the amount of eye strain.
Can the use of anti-glare screen prevent Computer Vision Syndrome?
Prolonged use of digital devices such as computers, tablets, e-readers and cell phones can lead to a range of vision-related problems such as eyestrain, headaches, blurred vision and dry eyes, which is known an Computer Vision Syndrome. An anti-glare screen can reduce glare from reflections on the computer screen and increase your comfort, but will not be able to reduce the visual problems related to the constant refocusing of your eyes when you work at a computer.
Is ergonomics the solution to computer eyestrain?
Yes, ergonomics reduces the risk for eyestrain when using computers and can ease the uncomfortable and inconvenient symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome. One of the most common causes of eyestrain is the use of computers for long periods of time. Ergonomic computer workstation solutions can make the work environment more comfortable, reduce eye strain and optimize performance.