Having good eyesight is one factor that can ensure your productivity at work. The better your vision is, the more tasks you can accomplish within a certain time and with minimal errors. However, certain jobs, particularly those that require you to spend long hours on the computer, may be taxing on your eyes, which can lead to a condition known as computer vision syndrome.
Read on as Eye Rx, your provider of quality eyeglass frames and other eye care products, talks about this problem as March marks Workplace Eye Wellness Month.
What Is Computer Vision Syndrome?
Viewing texts on a digital screen is different from reading words on a written script. Most of the time, the letters are less defined. As a result, your eyes have to work twice as hard to help you better see and understand what you’re reading. When this process goes on for several hours, it may take a toll on your eyes, resulting in computer vision syndrome.
Also referred to as digital eye strain, your eye doctor explains this is the physical discomfort you feel in your eyes after having to stare at a digital screen for an extended time, which is common among those who work in an office setting. Your eyes may feel tired, heavy and sore. They may also turn red, watery, and sometimes, itchy. You may have headaches, neck pain and nausea as well.
How Is It Managed?
To prevent experiencing computer vision syndrome, you can make adjustments in your workspace. For one, make sure that you have adequate lighting in the room. If the area’s too bright, you can put up blinds or drapes to control the natural light that comes in. Avoid using overhead lights as well to prevent overwhelming your eyes. Another thing you can do is to match your screen’s brightness with that of your surroundings’. You should also consider using an ergonomic chair, so that you won’t slouch while using your computer.
The 20-20-20 rule is a must too. This means you should rest your eyes for 20 seconds by looking 20 feet away every time you’ve spent 20 minutes using your digital devices. Wearing computer eyeglasses can help too. They are engineered with blue light blocking technology, filtering the harsh light rays emitted by devices. Most importantly, have regular eye exams. Uncorrected vision problems can make it harder for you to see things, which means your eyes will have to exert extra effort whenever you’re using your computer.
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