If you spend two or more hours per day working on your computer, it could
lead to Computer Vision Syndrome. Though it won’t cause permanent
damage to your eyes, Computer Vision Syndrome can cause a number of vision
eye conditions. The common symptoms associated with Computer Vision Syndrome may be as
simple as eye discomfort, but could also be associated with blurred vision
and difficulty seeing. Symptoms tend to worsen with more computer use
and any preexisting vision problems may add to the discomfort and eyestrain
experienced when looking at a computer screen.
Why is looking at a computer screen different than reading printed material?
A computer screen presents a number of differences when compared with
reading on a printed page. For example, when looking at a computer screen,
reflections and glares are present that don’t exist on paper. Poor
lighting may also make the computer more difficult to see. Additionally,
the level of contrast may be different and clarity and sharpness of letters
or images vary on the computer screen. Finally, seat posture and the distance
from the screen and angle at which you look at the screen may be different
than when reading a book or magazine.
Common symptoms associated with Computer Vision Syndrome:
- dry eyes
- blurry vision
- neck and shoulder pain
Symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome will vary based on time spent on the
computer and other vision problems you may have.
presbyopia may contribute to development of Computer Vision Syndrome. While symptoms
are often temporary, if left untreated, you may experience recurring or
worsening vision problems.
Vision problems associated with Computer Vision Syndrome may be prevented
or reduced by adjusting lighting, seating position, proper posture, and
setting an appropriate working distance between you and your computer screen.
If you are experiencing problems with your vision,
contact Key-Whitman today for a comprehensive exam.
To learn more about prevention, diagnosis and treatment of Computer Vision
Syndrome, check out next week’s article.