Beware of the Computer Vision Syndrome !!

by Nishtha Narang
4 minutes read

Computer Vision Syndrome: Sounds very scary, doesn’t it? We all are in front of our screens all day (you are literally in front of one right now) and coming across something like this makes us worry. It is also known as ‘Digital Eye Strain’. Being informed is important so in this article let’s try and learn a bit more about it, alright?

Okay, but what is Computer Vision Syndrome?

By definition, Computer Vision Syndrome or as nerds call it ‘CVS’ is a condition that results from (yes, your guess is right) focusing the eyes on the computer or any other device for uninterrupted periods of time. In it, the eyes find it difficult to recover from the strain. Some basic symptoms include headache, blurry vision, neck pain, fatigue, dry eyes, dizziness, and irritability. I know I know; we all face at least three of these every single day.

It’s the big 2019 and expecting us to be away from our computer screens is not a pragmatic idea. The world works through screens and we cannot be far from it. The good news is that we can fight the symptoms by some simple practices. But you have to do it every day. That is the hard part.

Another important thing to note is that this is not just for you. It’s for everybody. Your partner, your parents and your kids. Especially your kids.  Aren’t they watching something on a tablet right now?

Computer Vision Syndrome

That does not sound good; what can I do to avoid it?

Here’s how to avoid it

  1. The lighting in your room should always be comfortable for your eyes. It should not be too dim or too dark. Eliminate the outside light by using blinds. Make sure the windows are to the side of your computer screen and not in the front or behind it.
  2. Take breaks. Ensure you leave your screen for a few minutes when you are constantly using it. Go, wash your face. Drink water. Stretch your arms and legs. Close your eyes and breathe. Blink often. Use some eye drops if you suffer from dry eyes.
  3. Another thing that will help you is the 20-20 rule (not cricket). Every 20 minutes, spend at least 20 seconds looking at something far away from your screen.
  4. The Screen Time on your phone? It’s time to utilize and monitor it. Set targets as to how many hours you would like to spend in a day on your phone. Challenge yourself to minimize the time and be productive nonetheless.
  5. Invest in a comfortable seat. Neck and back aches are chronic and will affect your working. So get a chair that supports you.
  6. Arrange your working space. Your screen should be at least 20-25 inches away from your face. Don’t keep your printed sheets below. The constant neck movement will bother you. Keep them next to your screen or at least, at a certain height.
  7. Use the settings option. Adjust the brightness, color temperature and the font size as per your comfort.
  8. Consider purchasing computer glasses. Visit your clinic and ask them to modify your prescription.
  9. If none of this makes your condition better, find an eye doctor near you and schedule an examination. An expert will always provide you with a proper opinion. Make it a habit to visit the doctor every few months and get an eye check up (and a full body check up) done. Trust me and add it to your schedule.

This digital age has its many benefits. But it can also affect us in a problematic way if we don’t take enough measures. Hey, go and conquer the world while taking care of yourself, okay?

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