Computers and Eyes

computer eye strainWe are a generation of technical gadget and computer users. As a result, the majority of people spend far too much time in front of a screen each day. The result of this exposure is dry eyes, bad vision, eye strain, double vision, sore muscles, headaches and tired eyes. This affects everyone of every age. Optometrist in Chelsea NYC and throughout New York City and the United States are seeing more and more computer eye strain cases year over year.

The Perils of Computer Screens

The eyes do not react to reading computer screen text in the same way that they react to reading printed text in newspapers or magazines. This is because printed text stands out from its’ background far more vividly than words which are displayed on an illuminated screen. These illuminated computer monitors emit a glare that forces your eyes to have to refocus constantly in order to read the text on screen correctly. Also, when reading computer text, you blink five time less frequently, than when you read printed text. This makes your eyes become irritated and dry. Furthermore, the muscles of your eyes become overworked and this is where all the headaches, neck pain and strain originates from.

Eye Problems in Children

The AOA (American Optometric Association) stated that US eye doctors carry out about 10,000,000 eye examinations every year, because of eye problems related to computers. Recently, they reported that children are affected by prolonged computer use to the same extent as adults. Thus, it is clear that people really ought to stop and consider what is happening to their eyes. The time that children spend in front of computer and TV screens should be strictly limited by their parents. The fact that children who spend hours on the computer are at risk of obesity as well, only reinforces this point further.

The Commercial Impact of CVS

lady with strained eyesComputer vision syndrome (CVS) is the medical term describing those who suffer from problems linked to sitting for too long in front of a computer screen. It is a temporary eye problem that arises from focusing the eyes on a computer monitor for prolonged time periods. Bad lighting can exacerbate CVS symptoms, like blurred vision and dry eyes.

All businesses can benefit from boosting the productivity of their workers. A study conducted by Birmingham Alabama University (UAB) Optometry School discovered that appropriate vision correction led to increased productivity, and reduced the time it took for workers to complete tasks. The study proved that, without appropriate vision correction, worker performances might suffer by up to 20%. Thus, employers ought to offer their staff comprehensive eye care. This will both boost staff productivity, and decrease the number of errors that employees make.

How to Relieve CVS

For children and adults, most Chelsea NYC optometrists agree that resting the eyes, and their associated muscles, will ease eye strain and dry eye symptoms. While eye drops are a quick fix for tackling dry eyes, regular blinking is another. Also, every twenty minutes, it is a good idea to look out of a window and focus your eyes on the sky, or on a distant object. Focusing on an object six meters away for twenty seconds, or closing your eyes for twenty seconds every thirty minutes, will help too.

Occasionally, just rearranging your computer or work environment will help to lessen issues associated with CVS. Certainly, correct lighting is crucial in this respect. Also, you should be sensitive to the signals your body is sending you, whilst you are working on your computer.

You can increase your productivity with computer ergonomics. This is the process of designing your workstation to lower the risk of CVS, carpal tunnel syndrome, back and neck pain, and other related disorders that affect the joints, spine and muscles. The US Department of Health Administration and Occupational Safety (OSHA) provides some good advice on how to combat CVS. Four of their tips are:

  • Adjust your computer monitor so that the top of your screen is slightly beneath (or at) eye level. This will enable you to look at the screen, without moving your neck.
  • Position your display in such a way as to stop reflections of outdoor or overhead lighting appearing on the screen.
  • Place your monitor sufficiently near to your eyes to allow you to comfortably read the words on your screen, without having to lean forward.
  • Whenever you work with printed documents, utilize a document holder to display them at an identical distance and height to your computer monitor.

People who wear multi focal glasses ought to be able to look at computer screens easily. However, if they encounter any problems, they should consider using computer glasses. Also, for CVS, you might require a specific prescription for eyeglasses, and the lenses might require a specialized coating. Consult your eye doctor Chelsea NYC, prior to ordering eyeglasses intended for computer use. It is also important to make sure that you see your eye doctor for annual eye exams.

Regardless of the quantity of exercises you carry out, prolonged use of a computer is bad for your sight. Thus, you should take frequent fifteen minute breaks once every hour. Try not to use your computer over the weekends, to give your eyes a complete rest. Follow the above advice and your eyes will remain healthy for a long time to come.