Health and Fitness

Published on April 20th, 2012 | by Sonya Kanelstrand


Do You Suffer from Computer Vision Syndrome?

The more technology advances, the more time we spend gazing 20 inches or so from a computer screen. But we were not made to live a sedentary life, even less so, to limit our eye-sight to objects in close distance for indefinitely long periods of time. On average, we spend more than 6 hours a day in front of a computer screen which can lead to a condition called Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS).

Here are symptoms to look for and information for lessening the effects of  CVS.

Symptoms for Computer Vision Syndrome

Symptoms present as headache, dry eyes, blurry vision, and long-term nearsightedness. Further aggravating these symptoms are improper lighting conditions (glare or bright overhead lighting) or air moving past the eyes (overhead vents, direct air from a fan). According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, computer vision syndrome affects some 90% of people who spend three or more hours a day at a computer.

How to Avoid the Computer Vision Syndrome

There are ways to lesson or avoid CVS. Sometimes rearranging your work environment creates better ergonomics reducing eye strain and other vision problems related to CVS. By taking regular breaks, adjusting the brightness settings on your computer and positioning the screen correctly you can take better control over the health of your eyes.

Reworking your Technological Environment for Better Eye Care

The following infographic by Mezzmer Eyeglasses will give you some additional information on what might be wrong with your current computer settings, as well as how to put less strain on your eyes. It’s great information to keep handy at work, post in your home office and share with co-workers and loved ones. Don’t forget to consider children and young adults. These graphics can help them set up a healthy work environment early on.

[CC photo via Christopher Octa]

Do you suffer from Computer Vision Syndrome? What types of things do you do to put less strain on your eyes?

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About the Author

Sonya is a photographer and a creative artist sharing her Scandinavian experiences. Her blog Kanelstrand Organic Living has become the meeting point of a vibrant green community of eco-conscious artists and crafters from around the world. Sonya believes that people and nature can co-exist together in a healthy and inspiring union without harming each other. She implements the knowledge gained from studying Philology and Pedagogy in her approach to sustainable and eco-friendly living.

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