If your work requires long hours in front of the computer, it’s likely that you may be suffering from Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) and may not know it. Here’s how you can identify CVS, plus learn how to deal with it.
Computer Vision Syndrome
CVS is a temporary condition caused by prolonged focusing of eyes on a digital screen. It is similar to other repetitive stress injuries caused by carrying out the same activity over and over again, without taking enough breaks. When you work at your computer, your eyes are constantly moving across the screen, shifting from the keyboard to the screen and focusing on the changing images on the screen. All these activities cause a lot of stress to the muscles in your eyes, eventually leading to CVS. Most people who work at a computer regularly, experience some form of eye trouble. Common symptoms of CVS include:
- Eye strain
- Dry eyes
- Redness in the eyes
- Double vision
- Vertigo or dizziness
- Blurred vision
Computer glasses are like safety glasses, i.e. they protect your eyes while you’re working in front of the computer. They are equipped with anti-reflective coating, which reduces the glare from the computer screen. Many of them also have tinted lenses that help reduce the screen harshness. If you have normal vision, computer glasses can eliminate eye strain and reduce deterioration of eyesight. If you wear prescription glasses, you can get your computer glasses fitted with prescription lenses. Monofocal computer glasses provide optical correction based on the distance between your eyes and the computer screen. They are appropriate for all ages and can help reduce eye strain and blurred vision. Computer glasses with bifocal lenses can help if you’re short sighted. You can also get computer glasses with occupational progressive lenses that can correct both near-sightedness and distance vision.
Of course apart from getting computer glasses, there are other steps you can take to reduce the effects of CVS:
- Position your computer monitor at least 20 inches away from your eyes
- Make sure that the lighting is optimal. Avoid working under overhead fluorescent lights
- Blink your eyes and look away from your computer screen at regular intervals. Blinking helps replenish the tear film and prevents dry eyes.
- Remember the 20-20-20 rule – every 20 minutes, spend 20 seconds looking at an object 20 feet away.
Whether you’re looking specifically for computer glasses, or just want to update your look, drop in at a Leightons Opticians and Hearing Care branch. We have everything from designer glasses for men and women to reading glasses, and from safety glasses to computer glasses.
Our friendly and trained staff will help you select the glasses that best suit your requirement and lifestyle. Try out various frames and styles before you buy; we’ll help you to choose from fashionable frames straight off the runway or glasses that complement your sporty lifestyle. At Leightons Opticians and Hearing Care we have glasses to suit every occasion. While you’re at our store, why not take an eye test? Check if you need prescription glasses or whether your prescription has changed. Visit your nearest store or book an appointment online, and update your style!
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