How to deal with the ‘Computer Vision Syndrome’

Around 70 million people who work on PC’s are at a risk of Computer Vision Syndrome, according to research conducted, reports the Times of India on June 1, 2016.

Use of computers is increasing and has become an integral part of our life both at home and at our workplace. After smartphone, one probably spends more time in front of a screen.

However, recent research has revealed that sitting for long hours before the computer screen can cause havoc to your vision and lead to a condition known as Computer Vision Syndrome or CVS in short.

What is CVS?

CVS is defined as visual health problems associated with working long hours on the computer screen. Usual symptoms associated with the syndrome include a migraine, eye strain, double vision, dry eyes, and visual fatigue. The condition is often accompanied with neck and back pain.

It is reported 70 to 90 % of persons who use laptop or desktop at their workplace have at least one symptom or more mentioned above.

Working on any PC makes the eyes exert more. Letters on the screen are not sharp as written word, and the glare and reflection make matter worse.

Do You Have Computer Vision Syndrome?

People also blink less while reading from a PC screen, and this leads to dry eyes. In normal conditions people blink nearly 18 times a minute while watching computer screens, we blink hardly half the time.

The extra time we keep our eyes open means that surface of the eye has more time to dry out. Dry eyes lead to the surface cells of our eyes falling off faster than average leading to ocular complications.

It is not just the eyes which get affected. Optical strain also leads to other associated symptoms such as headaches, especially around the eyes. The symptoms fade when we step away from the system.

This fact is the silver lining in CVS.

The best way to beat this condition is to give small but regular breaks between the hours we spend on the computer. Use of artificial tears is also recommended if you suffer from dry eyes.

If the problem persists even when not sitting before a system, it is recommended that you visit an eye specialist immediately.