Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) also known as digital eye strain is a type of eye strain that is caused by prolonged use of digital screens and is one of the most common eye health issues relating to working on a computer for a long time. If you are back in the office and begin to start experiencing symptoms of CVS, including headaches or blurred vision, follow our tips below and make sure you look after your eyesight.
Take Regular Breaks
Our eyes are not designed to stare at computer screens for too long. It is recommended that every 20 minutes, you should take a short break away from the screen – this is like a reset button for your eyes. Every hour you should get up from your desk and not look at your computer screen for over 5 minutes.
Use the Correct Lighting
The brightness on your computer monitor should be the same level as your surroundings in the office – not too bright and not too dark. Reflections on your computer screen from windows or overhead lighting can also be really bad for your eyesight – you need to adjust the lighting on your screens.
Distance from your Computer
How close do you sit to your computer screens? It is recommended that you should sit an arms-length away from your computer – not only is this good for your eyesight and vision, but this also helps to promote good posture.
Don’t forget to blink!
Studies show that people blink far less when using screens – this is really bad for your eyes. Not blinking enough results in your eyes becoming dry, itchy and bloodshot. Try and make a conscious effort to blink as often as you can and if you do feel like your eyes are becoming dry, try and speak to your optician, who may recommend using an eye lubricant.
Consider Blue Light Glasses
Digital eyestrain is believed to affect about 50% of computer users. Digital eye strain can cause symptoms such as dry eyes and blurred vision. Blue light glasses contain lenses specifically designed to reduce the amount of blue light that reaches the eye. The lenses filter blue light that is produced by computers and help prevent them from entering your eye and causing potential damage.
Get some Fresh Air
Taking a proper break away from your desk during a busy working day is not just good for you overall, but also good for your eyes. Even if it's just for a small amount of time, try and get outside and get some fresh air and give your eyes a break from the intense staring at a computer screen. If you do get outside, always try and wear sunglasses as our eyes are 10 times more sensitive to UV light than our skin is.
If you have started to notice any symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) the best thing is to book an appointment to see an optician. The team at Vision Centre are here to help – contact us today to book your appointment.