Computer vision syndrome or digital eyestrain is not one specific problem but a spectrum of issues. These issues cause eyestrain and discomfort due to exposure to blue light from digital screens.
Research shows that 50 to 90 percent of people who work using computers have some symptoms. Many jobs require people to stare at their computer screens for hours. So, there is a need to learn how to reverse and prevent this condition.
To reverse computer vision syndrome, you must first understand how it affects you and how computers affect your vision. In this way, you will recognize the symptoms before they affect you and apply the necessary measures.
Using computers causes your eyes to follow the same path over and over. It is a repetitive motion that injures your eye muscles. It gets worse the longer you indulge in the activity. Your eyes are focusing and refocusing all the time. They move back and forth and up and down as you read what is on the screen and your work papers. These movements put a lot of strain on your eye muscles.
In addition, computers flicker and glare. The light causes you to blink less often, causing your eyes to dry out. Dry eyes cause blurry vision, fatigue, and irritation. Your natural lenses become less flexible as you age. You lose your ability to focus on near and far objects.
You will need to make a few simple lifestyle changes. Discipline is also crucial as you make these changes. It will also help you prevent any new problems. To set you on the right path, here are some ways you can reverse computer vision syndrome.
It may sound like an easy concept, but sitting in front of a computer, you realize that it is easier said than done. Most people naturally blink 15 times every minute. When you use a computer screen, the light cuts that into half or less.
You need to remind yourself to blink! It moisturizes your eyes and provides lubrication as they move back and forth. It also keeps them healthy and removes dust and debris that may get in your eyes. You will realize that any symptoms of dry eye will go away.
Lighting affects your ability to blink. It causes glare that makes it hard to read the computer screen. Your eyes work harder so that you can read what is on the screen, causing strain to the muscles. Adjusting your lighting and dealing with glare will give your eyes the necessary reprieve.
You can also use a desk lamp, close blinds to reduce sunlight, or use an anti-glare screen filter. Whatever you need to do, get on it! It will keep you safe and reverse any damage.
Exercise your eyes. Use the 20-20-20 rule. If you need to, place a handy reminder. Remember to look at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds, every 20 minutes. It will help your eyes relax and readjust. You will realize that you do not experience eye fatigue like before, and your eyesight will improve.
For more on reversing computer vision syndrome, call Eastern Virginia Eye Associates at (757) 607-4800 to reach our office in Chesapeake, Virginia.