With rapidly advancing technology, and constant increase in internet use, longer hours working on a computer brings increased health risks, especially for the eyes. One specific eye problem, called Computer Vision syndrome (CVS), is affecting more and more people who are constantly in front of a computer screen. Although our Fulton Maryland eye doctor
has yet to find that CVS causes any permanent eye damage, it does cause a significant amount of discomfort and pain that can affect your work as well as leisure-time activities. After thorough research pertaining to this condition, and with a few preventative measures, our Fulton Maryland eye doctor
feels that symptoms can be alleviated. Some symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome include dry, itchy, red eyes, blurred vision, headaches, backaches, muscle fatigue, and neck aches.
Fulton Eye Specialist
While researching Computer Vision Syndrome, our Fulton Maryland eye doctor
discovered that the main causes of the condition are an improper environment and the incorrect use of eyeglasses or contact lenses. In order to prevent CVS, we suggest that changes be made to correct these conditions. By adjusting the lighting in your room, harsh reflections and glare from your computer screen will be reduced, reducing squinting and helping your eyes to focus better. In regards to focusing, your computer screen should be directly in front of you, and at about arm’s length away, to give your eyes a comfortable focusing distance. When using text or reference books, and materials, keep them as close to the screen as possible so you’re not swinging your head back and forth. This frequent motion forces your eyes to refocus every time. By minimizing your head and eye movements, you will lessen muscle fatigue, eyestrain, and headaches.
Improved posture will also reduce strain on your back, neck, shoulders and eyes, and can be accomplished by adjusting the height of your chair so your knees are bent at a 90-degree angle, with your feet remaining flat on the floor. To reduce eye and muscle fatigue, our Fulton Maryland eye doctor
recommends that you give your eyes and body as many breaks from the computer as possible. We also suggest blinking often and using eye drops to prevent your eyes from feeling itchy and drying out. Research shows that 71% of people who experience symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome wear glasses or contacts, and report more symptoms than those who don’t. This research shows that definite improvements need to be made on prescriptions and the type of eyewear worn. Our dedicated staff keeps up to date on optical advances and focus on your comfort and well-being.
Computer Vision Syndrome Fulton
7625 Maple Lawn Blvd Suite 125
Fulton, Maryland 20759
By Maple Lawn Eye Care Center
July 28, 2014