Do you experience eye fatigue, discomfort, dryness of the eye, blurry vision especially after using your computer or any visual display screens for a long time?

This may be Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) also referred to as Computer Eye Strain.

With the recent digitalization of our daily activities at work, school and even at home, the increased screen time exposure puts a good number of us at high risk of experiencing CVS. Although it is not necessarily vision threatening, it is an unpleasant outcome of extended exposure to screens.

The symptoms of CVS include blurred vision, headaches, burning sensation, eye fatigue, dryness and neck or shoulder pain.

If these symptoms seem not too far from you, below is a helpful list to eliminate these pesky symptoms.

Tips to eliminate Computer eye strain

  1. Take breaks (the 20-20-20 rule): for every 20 minutes while on the computer screen, take a 20 seconds break to look at something 20 feet away.
  2. Maintain proper screen distance: your screens should be positioned at a proper distance away from your eyes (ideally 20-28inches) and 15-20 degrees below eye level.
  3. Consciously blink often: staring at the screens can dry out the eyes causing redness and irritation.
  4. Consider glasses: correction of any visual errors with the use of glasses will help eliminate eye strain. Special glass effects will also be added to your glasses like anti-reflex protection against harmful light rays from your screens. These glasses optimize your eyesight while you view your screens and help reduce glare.
  5. Use proper lighting: Not too bright and not too dull, just keep it moderate enough. This will help reduce eye fatigue, eyestrain and headaches.
  6. Keep your screens clean: this will help reduce glare from light reflections while viewing screens.
  7. Have regular eye examination with your eye doctor; remember to discuss about your work modalities including your workstation so you can receive appropriate guidance and management for better work experience!

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