How to Prevent Computer Vision Syndrome
The Hazards of Being a Desk Jockey: From keeping your work email inbox at zero, to a Netflix marathon on the couch, American workers sit for an average of 10 hours per day!
Sitting for Extended Periods of Time Can Cause Many Negative Effects to the Body and Mind
- High cholesterol/blood pressure
- Poor leg circulation
- Imbalanced neck and inflexible spine
- Sluggish brain function
- Deficient digestion
- Eye strain
Did you know that just one hour of reading forces your eyes to make nearly 10,000 tiny movements?
Digital Vision Fatigue
Working out can leave your muscles stiff & sore, just like staring at a digital screen can cause your eyes to feel fatigued!
Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS), A.K.A. Digital Eye Strain
Eye and vision-related problems that result from extended use of computers, tablets, e-readers, cell phones, or TVs
Computer/digital screens cause more eyestrain than traditional print as we
- Blink less which causes dry eyes
- View screens at improper distances/angles
- Combat more glare and reflections
- Use poor posture
- Deal with low contrast background and text
People who stare at digital screens 2+ hours in a row every day have the greatest risk of CVS—and that’s pretty much all of us!
- Blurred vision and difficulty focusing
- Burning/stinging eyes
- Sore neck
- Sensitivity to light
- Decreased ability to concentrate
- Reduced productivity
It’s not just a 40+ hour work week that is causing rampant optical induced headaches - the total amount of time we spend on digital media has grown by almost 50% in the last 2 years alone!
Alleviating Digital Eye Strain
Changing your daily office routine can make a world of difference for your long-term vision health
- Place computer screen 20-26 inches away from your eyes and a little below eye level
- Try the 20-20-20 rule (every 20 minutes, for 20 seconds, look away from screen at a distance of 20 feet)
- Put a post-it note on your screen that says "blink"
- Take regular breaks from computer work
Keep Cleaning and Contrast Under Control
- Dust gunk, fingerprints, and smudges frequently for better clarity
- Adjust brightness/contrast display settings to mimic the brightness of your surroundings
- Maneuver text size and contrast for optimal comfort
Properly Light Your Personal Space
- Ambient light should be about 50% as bright as light typically found in most offices
- Eliminate outdoor light by closing drapes or blinds
- Reduce interior lighting by using fewer light bulbs/fluorescent tubes
- Use desk lamps or lower intensity bulbs
- Install an anti-glare screen on your monitor
For optimal screen viewing, consider a pair of computer glasses or try special lens coatings that reduce glare and Digital Eye Strain
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