Vision & Age
At The Computer
When the hours add up
Sixty million people suffer from eye problems due to computer work--and that number is rising by a million a year. Why? All those hours you spend at the computer are straining your eyes, creating a condition known as Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS). Since the computer is part of your work-- and part of your life--the best option is to learn how to help your eyes.
It's a constant adjustment
Computer images are created from thousands of tiny dots--so there is no distinct image for your eye to actually focus on. You have to focus and refocus to keep the images sharp--and after two hours you end up with the same kind of repetitive stress in your eye muscles that the keyboard causes in your wrists.
It won't cause permanent damage, but it is--literally--a pain.
What's it feel like?
The symptoms are dry, red, irritated eyes; headaches; back and neck aches; and trouble focusing. Lots of people don't even know they have CVS. But now that you know what to look for, you can guard against it.
Tips to provent CVS?
- Keep your computer screen within 20"-24" of your eyes
- Keep the top of your computer screen slightly below eye level
- Minimize the distance between your computer screen and any documents you need to reference while working
- Adjust lighting to minimize glare on the screen
- Take a break every 15 minutes to focus on a distant object
- Blink frequently