Computer Vision Syndrome and How to Avoid it

Did you know that if you spend significant time during your working day using a display screen, then you are entitled to an eye test paid for by your employer?

In today’s digital world, it is well-known that the extensive exposure to digital screens in many job roles can cause discomfort and eye-strain. For those frequent monitor users, symptoms such as burred vision, tired eyes and eye strain could all be common signs of Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS). CVS has a range of other symptoms too, including headaches, neck/back pain and fatigue, and research has shown that 50-90% of people who work at a computer screen have one or more symptoms.

Although there is no evidence to suggest that CVS causes long-term damage, regular computer screen time can cause plenty of discomfort.

How can CVS be prevented?

There are a few simple but effective procedures that you can put in place to prevent Computer Vision Syndrome. Such as:

  • Take a break: As much as you may feel more productive by locking in on the task at hand for hours, the strain on your eyes could make you less productive in the long-run. A good rule of thumb is to follow the 20-20-20 rule. Look away from your screen every 20 minutes or so, then look at something 20 feet away and for about 20 seconds. This will give your eyes the break they need to function well.
  • Optimise your space: Research shows that the best position for your monitor is just below eye level and about 50-70cm away from the face. If you do a lot of looking up and down between the screen and printed materials, then get a stand to place the printed materials beside the monitor, reducing the repetition of looking up and down.
  • Reduce the surrounding glare: If you can, then changing the light around you can help to reduce the effect of your screen. If the lights are too bright, then ask your employer to implement a dimmer switch, or you could add a glare filter to your monitor.

If you take these precautions at work to keep your eye health up and reduce strain, but your symptoms persist, then book an appointment for an eye test. You should get your eyes tested regularly and let your optometrist know of any problems you’re facing. Book an appointment today by calling 01628 663055.