In this day and age, it is rare that we do not see a good number of people on some type of electronic device on a daily basis. In fact, a report from the Vision Council has revealed that more than 90% of Americans get more than 2 hours a day in front of a digital screen. 30% of us are getting more than 9 hours a day – that can be as much as half of our waking hours! In addition to other consequences of too much screen time, our eyes really can be affected if we are not careful.
Ninety percent of computer-users experience some type of problem with their vision. This could be blurring when they look into the distance, chronic eye strain, headaches, or some other hit to their acuity. These conditions are so common that they are now classified into a group under Computer Vision Syndrome, or CVS.
Do you experience the signs of CVS?
- Frequent headaches
- Red, dry, itching, burning eyes
- Double vision
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Eye strain
- Blurred vision at either near or far distances
Managing your Eye Health
The bad news is that extended computer use or screen time is bad for your eyes. The good news is that you can mitigate the effects of technology and prevent long-term damage by instituting a few healthy habits:
- Adjust computer settings to a lower brightness, larger font size, or other settings that are gentler on your eyes.
- Reduce glare from your computer screen with a special filter. Consider closing shades or adjusting the lighting in your home or office.
- Sit a few feet away from your screen, and position it so you are looking down slightly, rather than up. Also, if you are moving back and forth from paper to screen, try using a document stand to reduce the movement of your eyes as you work.
- Take a break! Blink often, and take a short 20 second break from looking at your screen every 20 minutes. Close your eyes for a few seconds, and then look at an object in the distance.
If you use a computer or digital device on a daily basis, eye exams are even more important for you. Your existing corrective lenses may need to be modified to be more screen-friendly.
We are happy to help you improve your vision with precision care.