You might think that having an office job would mean lower risk of having eye injuries. Well, not exactly. You may not be at high risk of having sawdust entering your eyes, but you’re more likely to develop a different kind of eyesight problem–computer vision syndrome.
Eye and Vision Care, your trusted provider of orthokeratology and other eye care services, discusses this vision problem as we observe Eye Safety Awareness Month this March.
How Computer Vision Syndrome Happens
Viewing a computer screen is different from reading printed materials. The letters on digital devices are usually not as sharp, and the contrast of the letters to the background is not that high. Glare and reflections on the screen make it even more difficult to read from the screen. Because of these factors, your eyes are forced to work harder when you’re using digital devices.
Those who wear contacts or eyeglasses or have any other vision problems may even find it harder to read things on their computer screen. As a result, your eyes become tired after using a computer for many hours, a condition known as computer vision syndrome. Also referred to as digital eye strain, this is the visual discomfort you experience after a day of working on your laptop. You may also have headaches, nausea and watery eyes.
How It Is Managed
It may be impossible to stop using computers altogether, especially given the nature of an office job. That said, there are steps you can take to prevent digital eye strain. For one, make the 20-20-20 rule a habit. Every time you’ve spent 20 minutes on your computer, let them rest for 20 seconds by looking at least 20 feet away. Doing so can help rest your eyes.
Another thing you can do is to use computer eyeglasses. They are specifically engineered to filter blue rays emitted by your digital devices. They help reduce glare, preventing your eyes from overworking. Most importantly, have an eye exam regularly, so your eye care specialist can assess and monitor any changes in your vision that might be forcing your eyes to work twice as hard.
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