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Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS)

Posted on August 26, 2014

We’re all guilty of it – we spend hours on end staring at our computer screens, whether it’s at work or at home. Staring at the computer or at a screen over a prolonged period of time requires a lot of effort from the eye muscles. After a while, it causes strain on our eyes which can lead to Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS). As we get older in age, working at a computer can become even more difficult as the lens of our eye is less flexible.

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Computer Vision Syndrome consists of the following symptoms:

  • Eyestrain
  • Headaches
  • Blurred vision
  • Dry Eyes
  • Neck and shoulder pain

This syndrome should be taken seriously. If the symptoms aren’t treated, they can negatively affect your performance at work. Make the necessary arrangements to ensure that you’re comfortable.

Want to avoid CVS? Here are some suggestions:

  1. Don’t sit too close to your screen, and position the screen so your head is in a comfortable position while you work.
  2. Upgrade to a high-resolution monitor.
  3. Stay away from excessive lighting (It will cause eye strain when looking at your screen).
  4. Blink often to keep your eyes moist (When we’re staring at our screen, we tend to blink less).
  5. Abide by the 20-20-20 rule! Every 20 minutes, take a 20 second break and look at something 20 feet away.
  6. Stay comfortable – Ensure that your computer chair properly supports your back.

 

 

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