Computer vision comprises all the eye problems that develop due to the use of computers. Devices that may lead to such a problem include personal computers, smartphones, tablets, and laptops.
The prolonged use and staring into such digital screens lead to eye problems that would not happen if not for the long hours spent on the computers. According to the American Optometric Association, extensive screen periods correlate with an individual experiencing higher discomfort levels.
Computer vision is like motion injuries that occur repetitively at work, such as carpal tunnel syndrome. You experience the problem as your eyes follow that one path repetitively. It can likely get worse if you do not stop.
Your eyes constantly focus and refocus as you work on a computer. You can do your tasks on paper, then stare back at the screen to type, read emails, or perform more tasks. Your eyes constantly change, shift focus, and send different images to your brain. All these tasks strain your eye muscles.
Blinking less while working on a computer also blurs your vision and makes your eyes dry and irritable. Individuals who already have eye problems strain more due to computer vision. Using digital screens for long hours also becomes more uncomfortable as you age. Your natural eye lenses lose flexibility.
Computer vision symptoms vary from one individual to another. Below are some common signs:
Itchy and dry eyes
Shoulder or neck stiffness and pain
Changing how you use your computer plays a significant role in preventing or reducing your digital strain. Here are a few ways to help you avoid eyestrain and discomfort:
Adjusting your screen - Avoid sitting too close to your computer screen to avoid affecting your eyes. Also, adjust the screen in a way that you can read the text and see images.
Frequent blinking - Try to remember to blink constantly to avoid dry eyes from staring for long hours on the screen.
Reducing skin brightness - Too much screen brightness can affect your eyes. Use the computer settings to find a level that suits you and makes your eyes comfortable. Also, add a filter to reduce glare.
Wearing eyeglasses - Ensure you get the correct prescription glasses to reduce eyestrain and headaches. Also, have your eye doctor add a blue block and anti-glare to your eyeglass lenses.
Proper posture - Design a workspace to promote a proper posture while sitting to work on your computer to reduce strain.
Take breaks - Relax your eye muscles to reduce your symptoms.
Using artificial tears - You can use over-the-counter eye drops to eliminate dry eye symptoms caused by too much screen time. Doing so will help you keep your eyes lubricated.
Computer vision symptoms do not last for long. But to prevent a recurrence in the future, it is essential to improve your working environment. Adopt healthy habits of managing your screen time.
Visit your ophthalmologist if your symptoms persist despite cutting down your screen time. Determine whether you have an underlying eye problem that may need early treatment.
For more on computer vision, visit Wear Eyewear at our office in Chicago or Orland Park, Illinois. You can also call (312) 626-0036 or (708) 349-9327 to book an appointment today.