Do you spend hours every day at work staring at your computer? Are your kids always preoccupied with their cell phones and video games? Constantly surrounded by computers, tablets, cell phones and television screens, people of all ages are at an increased risk of developing Computer Vision Syndrome, also known as Digital Eye Strain. In fact, 95 percent of Americans spend two or more hours each day using a personal digital device, putting millions at risk of straining their eyes. Read on to learn more about Computer Vision Syndrome and small tips you can put into action to reduce your risk.
What is Computer Vision Syndrome?
Computer Vision Syndrome is a condition brought on by spending excessive amounts of time looking at digital screens. Side effects of such prolonged use can include eyestrain, headaches, blurred vision, dry eyes, and possible neck and back pain.
Luckily, many of these side effects are temporary, but symptoms can return and even worsen over time. And with technology proving to be so essential in Americans’ daily lives (the average American worker spends seven hours a day on the computer), prolonged exposure to digital screens is often unavoidable.
While several activities require us to focus on a monitor for extended periods of time, we’ve got a few quick tips to help soothe your eyes and reduce your risk of developing Computer Vision Syndrome.
1. Keep your eyes healthy.
According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), it’s important to schedule yearly comprehensive eye exams to detect and treat vision problems. To help you get the most out of your vision, schedule one with us today.
2. Back away from the screen.
3. Follow the 20-20-20 rule.
It’s important to allow your eyes time to relax after spending most of your day staring at a screen. Try the 20-20-20 rule: stare at an object 20 feet away from you for 20 seconds after spending 20 minutes looking at a screen.
4. Remember to blink.
As crazy as it sounds, remember to blink! Staring at a screen without allowing your eyes rest time is detrimental to your vision, causing dryness and discomfort.