401 Do you sit in front of the computer all day? Tips to avoid Computer Vision Syndrome

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Computer Vision Syndrome is one of the most common afflictions affecting working people. It is a complex of eye and vision problems related to work which are experienced during or are related to computer use. The symptoms include eyestrain, dry and irritated eyes, light-sensitivity, headaches, blurred vision, slow refocusing to neck or backache and occasional double vision.

The human eye is designed primarily to view far distances and secondarily for close-up work. Working in front of the computer all day is visually a demanding job. People with marginal vision disorders become symptomatic while performing such demanding visual tasks.This can be addressed by a comprehensive eye examination that aims to correct any refractive error and also looks at any anomalies in focussing (binocular vision anomalies) and treatment of the same.

It is, however, important to remember that one third of Computer Vision Syndrome is caused by environmental factors. This can result from improper lighting, glare and wrong postures.

I – Word Understanding
Afflictions – pain, suffering, trouble
Symptomatic – experiencing symptoms or signs

II – Have Your Say
1. According to a report from The Vision Council, approximately eight in 10 people
with digital eye strain use multiple screens at the same time. Are you one of
them? (or us?)

2. Do you suffer from digital eye strain (or computer vision syndrome)?
Here are some tips:
– Protect your eyes from glare
– Remember the 20-20 rule: For every 20 minutes of screen time, look far into the distance for at least 20 seconds.
– Position the center of your computer screen four to five inches below eye level

401 Do you sit in front of the computer all day? Tips to avoid Computer Vision Syndrome

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