Friday, January 11, 2013

Do You Have Computer Vision Syndrome?

Our dependence on computers and laptops is inevitable, it's part of life but like all things, it comes with a price.

Symptoms include eye strain, blurriness, dry eyes and even headaches. This is a real thing that affects anyone who has spent two hours or more staring at the computer screens each day. It's a common affliction today that optometrists are reporting more and more people (especially the young ones) are exhibiting signs of CVS.

Since eliminating the source of the problem is totally out of the question, here are some simple ways to minimize the effect of CVS.

Eye Exercises

The simplest but often overlooked way to ease the strain is to close your eyes for a few minutes. Blinking and rolling your eyes can also help moistens the eyes and relieve tight muscles.

Brightness & Contrast

Most of the time, our settings for the two functions are not balanced, which can also change based on different web pages and documents so be sure to adjust accordingly. Also, do make sure your desktop and colour scheme aren't agitating your eyes.

Eye Break 

The computer is designed to virtually work non-stop, but you aren't. Take breaks in between to recharge and rest your eyes. Remember the 20-20 rule – take a 20 second break every 20 minutes. Look away from the screen and stare off into space.

Monitor Position

Staring at computer screens leads you to blink less often and then comes eye dryness and redness. To reduce this, position monitor at below eye-level and out of direct sunlight so your peepers won't have to strive to be as opened and exposed in order for you to see.

Zoom In/Out

Smaller text cause the eyes to strain to read, so enlarge online materials as needed to give eyes a break. Rule of thumb is to remember this – if you're still moving your head closer to the screen, squinting or feel a slight headache coming on, the text is still not big enough.

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