Are you straining your eyes whenever you use a computer or any other digital device? If you are, you are not alone. Most people experience computer vision syndrome as a result of prolonged use of digital screens. It can be quite stressful and uncomfortable.
Several factors can put a strain on your eyes when using a computer. Some of them include poor lighting, screen glare, poor seating posture, viewing your computer at the wrong angle, and preexisting vision problems. One or a combination of these factors can cause a considerable amount of discomfort to your eyes.
Some of the symptoms of digital eye strain include:
Red and watery eyes
Difficulty in reading in poor lighting
Neck and shoulder pain
Most of the symptoms only last as long as you are using your computer. Once you take a break, the discomfort reduces. However, some symptoms may persist, and you should therefore see an eye specialist. The severity of the symptoms depends on the time spent using a computer and underlying eye problems.
It would help if you visited your optometrist regularly, for they catch the signs at an early stage. Otherwise, it might be costly and hard to treat or manage if the symptoms persist.
You can improve your symptoms using the following simple practices.
You can give your eyes some break by looking away from your screen for about 20 seconds after every 20 minutes. It is surprising how much time you can spend looking at a screen without even blinking. Blinking is important for your tear glands to reproduce more tears necessary to moisten your eyes. If you do not blink, then you risk getting dry eyes, which can be very uncomfortable.
You do not have to use the factory settings of your computer. You can adjust them to suit your eyes. You can adjust the contrast, font size, and brightness of your screen to what is best for your eyes. Avoid over-straining your eyes with too much light.
Reduce the lighting around your workplace to minimize the effect on your screen. You can close the shades of your window or use a dimmer light if your current bulb is too bright. Also, you can add a glare to your screen for better vision.
For you to avoid straining, you should have a comfortable working place. Get a chair that can support your neck and shoulders. Also, do not slump over your computer, for that can make you strain even more.
If you have eyeglasses, be sure to wear them. If you still feel like you are straining, ask your optometrist to adjust the lenses to reduce the eyestrain.
Learn more about computer vision syndrome, contact Grove Eye Care in Richmond and Midlothian, VA at (804) 353-3937 or (804) 888-8998.