There’s no doubt that technological advancements have made our lives easier and more fun. Browsing through your laptop, watching TV series, or playing mobile games for hours are just some of the things that people do every day. While enjoyable, using digital devices for a prolonged time may be doing more harm than good for the eyes.
Today, your optometrist from Eyes On Norbeck discusses what computer vision syndrome is and how you can manage it.
What Is It?
Computer vision syndrome, also referred to as digital eye strain, refers to the discomfort your eyes experience after you have spent long hours using digital devices, such as TVs, computers and smartphones. The level of discomfort is directly proportional to the length of time you use a device. This means that the longer you use your smartphone, for example, the more your eyes feel tired.
Although a number of factors affect the development of computer vision syndrome, too much exposure to blue light is one of the top reasons. Studies show that digital devices emit blue light rays, which produce an inconsistent light flow that result in glare or flicker. To be able to see things clearly, your eyes have to work harder, which is why you easily strain your eyes.
How It Affects Your Vision
When you have computer vision syndrome, your eyes may feel tired and heavy. It’s also possible that you may complain of dry eyes. Having blurry vision may happen too. Headaches, as well as neck and shoulder soreness, are common. If you feel any of these, visit your eye care specialist as soon as possible. We may suggest performing a computer vision exam to confirm digital eye strain.
How It’s Managed
Making a few simple changes to your workspace can help prevent computer vision syndrome. For one, make sure there’s enough lighting in the area where you usually use your digital devices. You should also observe proper posture whenever you’re using your laptop or smartphone. Remember the 20-20-20 rules as well. For every 20 minutes you’ve spent using a device, you must rest your eyes for 20 seconds by looking at an object 20 feet away from you.
Another thing you can do is to use computer eyeglasses. Here at Eyes On Norbeck, we offer pairs that have a blue light protective coating, so your eyes can remain comfortable even if you use your devices for a prolonged period. We also have an anti-glare coating for an added layer of visual protection.
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