How To Prevent Computer Vision Syndrome

By Subodh / October 24, 2014

Computer Vision Syndrome, more commonly known as the CVS, is a common occurrence these days. With the high dependence on computers, laptops, mobile devices and all kinds of electronic gadgets that we use each day, our eyes are glued to a screen for long number of hours. And after all that stress they take from hours in front of the computer, we come back home, drive, watch TV, etc. As a result, the result is eyes are undergoing a lot of stress and use. CVS stems from excessive use of eyes for longer hours on computer screen display.

CVS is coupled with some common symptoms like vision gets blurred, headaches, and redness in the eyes, eye strain, and most of all headaches. It can also cause, double vision, vertigo and in some cases, difficulty in focusing the eye. Here are some of the common and easy ways on how to prevent computer vision syndrome, hereafter referred to as CVS in this article.

Computer Vision Syndrome

First And Foremost, Get The Anti-Glare Screen: Sometimes the computer screen emits light that is not good for the eyes, much like using a pair of ray ban against the sun; you can get an anti-glare screen for your computer screen as well to minimize the impact of all those glares on the eyes. If you are someone who already wears glasses or anti-glares, you should make sure that your glasses are the right one with quality glasses to minimize any impact.

Make Sure There Is Proper Light: It is important to ensure that you use proper lights and minimize the impact of the wrong kind of light on the eyes. Using just a laptop with high brightness in a dark room o poorly lit room is likely to stress your eyes more. Make sure you always use your laptop in proper lighting and reduce the impact. And also ensure that your laptop/ computer screen is set at a right brightness level.

Be A Little Technology Front Runner: Older screen and mobile device screen would often flicker and cause eyes to be stressed and also lead to CVS. Make sure you upgrade the computer or mobile devices at the earliest to save your eyes from the extra stress.

Rest Your Eyes: As we shift from paper to paperless offices, we are increasingly interacting with mobile devices which stress our eyes all day long, or at least 8-10 hours to say the least. It is important that you take breaks from staring at that computer screen and give them a little rest. Every hour walk away from your computer, splash some water and keep your eyes closed for some time to get them some necessary rest. If possible, try simple exercises like rolling your eye balls etc, rub your hands, make them warm and cover your eyes with your hands, and you can also search some simple yoga exercises online for more results.

Blink More Often: Working long hours in front of a computer means your eyes would feel dry more often, so make sure you blink as often as you can to keep your eyes well with moisture and water does not dry out. It keeps the eyes clean, the vision clear and saves the eye from a lot of stress and scratching.

Take More Breaks And Move: Sitting for long hours will also put pain and stress on your back, neck and the upper body. So, CVS can also cause a case of worry for you by giving way to neck pain, back pain, etc. So, take breaks as often as possible and move around, stretch and do some simple movements to make sure you get your blood flowing and body movements to ensure that long hours sitting in one position don’t cause any health problems for you.

Take A Comprehensive Eye Exam: most importantly, make sure you get regular eye exams as often as possible to check for any possible eye problems or related side effects. An eye exam would also help you get a good insight into the health of your eyes from a doctor’s perspective and if need be, a doctor will guide you in the right direction to avoid any further damage and what all you can do to keep your eyes healthy and avoid CVS.