The eyes and brain react differently to the words on a computer screen as compared to printed text. Words and images on a computer screen do not have well defined edges and the eyes must work harder to see them clearly. Technology is ever-changing, keeping us connected to others and making our lives easier. All the reading, texting, emailing, blogging and game playing leads to eye strain. Prolonged hours in front of the computer, are likely to lead one to experience a collection of symptoms called computer vision syndrome. Digital eye strain is now the most common computer related strain injury among workers.
Signs and Symptoms
• Red, irritated eyes
• Blurred vision
• Dry eyes
• Neck and shoulder pain
• Temporary inability to focus on a distant object
It can be diagnosed through a comprehensive eye exam.
Solutions to computer-related vision problems may vary. Your optometrist can prescribe spectacles for your preferred viewing distance. Special features may be added to glasses to reduce glare and visual fatigue. To prevent eye strain, take regular breaks- follow the 20-20-20 rule, remember to take deep breaths every hour and blink more often. Use artificial tears for dry or irritated eyes. Reduce screen glare by adjusting lighting levels and increase font size on your computer. Make sure you are at least an arm’s length away from the screen.