Monday, October 26, 2009

What Is Computer Vision Syndrome?

Monday 26th October 2009

Computer Vision Syndrome or CVS is a common complaint for those of us who spend many hours looking at a computer screen.

While the complaint itself is only temporary, it can cause a great deal of discomfort and blurred vision.

The causes of CVS are easy to explain; The tiny muscles around the eye area need regular exercise, and problems arise when the eye is focused in one single place for a prolonged period of time. While your eyes are focused on the computer screen there is also a notable deficiency in blinking which can lead to that dry, irritated and almost lumpy feeling at the end of the day. Studies have suggested that spending just two hours a day in front of a computer screen can have an impact on your eye health.

The most common symptom of CVS is blurred vision. This can occur at any time and can be corrected by simply changing your focus onto another object that is either closer to you, or at a further distance from the computer monitor.

Other symptoms can include tired eyes, dryness and irritation as well as tension headaches.

So how can this be prevented? Well the solution is very simple. regular breaks away from the computer screen are best, but in a work situation, make sure you avert your eyes from the computer screen regularly to help the eye muscles relax a little.

Another thing you can do is alter the brightness of your monitor to filter out the glare, or invest in a screen filter which does the job for you. If you do spend lots of time in front of the computer you need to be keeping your eyes moist. For this you could use some artificial eye drops.

If you do have any concerns about your eyes or feel you are having problems with your vision, it is always best to pay a visit to your local optician. It could be possible that your eye strain has reached a point where you do need to wear glasses.

With more and more of us using computers, eye strain and CVS is becoming an increasing problem particularly with younger people. So take these small and simple steps to prevent CVS before it becomes a problem for you.

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