According to the 2010 United States Census, over 80 % of American’s 3 years of age or older live in a home with a computer, there is no denying that computers have become an everyday staple of the lives of many Americans. If you consider the inevitable increase in popularity of smart phones, electronic readers, and tablets since the 2010 census you might begin to construct an argument for how American’s are addicted to technology. Most of us are at least vaguely familiar with the statistics that indicate the amount of time we spend on computers or electronic devices is hazardous to our health, we understand that sitting stagnantly in front of a computer is significantly less healthy than say, well anything that requires you to get up and move!
How about what all those hours in front of the computer are doing to your eyes! We use a computer to do almost everything these days, most of us work in front of computer for several hours a day and many choose to spend their free time in front of a computer; be it shopping, socializing, playing games or researching any number of random topics that come to mind. Why? Because we can and because lets face it, it’s fun! The very fact that you are reading this right now means you are more than likely using up some of your free time here, with us. Don’t get me wrong, we are glad you are here but we would like to take this opportunity to give you some useful information about how you can reduce your risk of suffering from the increasingly popular Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) and eye strain or fatigue that can result from just mild to moderate computer use.
First thing is first, recognize the symptoms & schedule your comprehensive eye exam!
Some of the popular symptoms are headaches, burning eyes, blurred vision, double vision, eye twitching as well as neck and back pain. While these symptoms are clearly not exclusive to Computer Vision Syndrome they are more than reason enough to schedule a routine comprehensive eye exam!
- Ensure you are using proper lighting.
- Do what you can to minimize the surrounding glare.
- Use a LCD monitor.
- Adjust the display controls (e.g. brightness, text size, contrast and color temperature).
- Blink often
- Use the 20-20-20 rule (when using the computer, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds every 20 minutes)
- Request a prescription for computer vision glasses at your next visit with your optometrist.
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Source: Check out 10 Tips for Computer Eye Strain Relief courtesy of AllAboutVision.com for more details and tips on how to minimize your risk of Computer Vision Syndrome.