Eye strain in this digital age is a very common condition and, though annoying, is usually not a serious condition. However, the symptoms of eye strain or eye fatigue may lead to other vision issues if not remedied. Spending a considerable amount of time every day at your computer can cause a common eye problem called Computer Vision Syndrome.
People who experience Computer Vision Syndrome complain about eye strain, eye fatigue, blurry vision, dry and irritated eyes, and headaches. They may also experience neck, back, and shoulder pain and have trouble focusing at a distance when they look up from their computer work.
Computer Vision Syndrome can be a significant eye problem, especially in the workplace. If you are experiencing the above symptoms for an extended period of time, Dr. Turner recommends that you make a comprehensive eye health examination appointment with her so she can determine the overall health of your eyes to be certain a more serious eye-related issue is not present. This thorough eye examination may also indicate that you need to update your existing glasses or contact lens prescription. Dr. Turner may also recommend that you consider wearing “computer or workspace glasses” while working on your digital devices.
Position your computer so that your eyes are level with or a little above the top of the monitor. This will allow you to look slightly downward at the screen.
Try to avoid glare from windows and lights that reflect onto your computer screen.
Choose a comfortable, supportive chair, positioned at the proper height to your monitor.
If you find your eyes becoming dry and irritated, try blinking more frequently and use a good lubricating eye drop.
Every 20 minutes, rest your eyes by looking 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This technique is often referred to as practicing the 20-20-20 rule when working at your computer.
To help with eye strain, neck, and back discomfort, try getting up at least every 2 hours and take a 10-15 minute break away from your computer work.