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Computer Vision Syndrome

Computer Vision Syndrome -digital eye strain

Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS), or digital eye strain, is the new number one occupational complaint followed by carpal tunnel. According to a recent survey, nearly 70% of Americans experience digital eye strain, while using electronic devices. Spending more than two hours a day digital devices puts you at a higher risk for CVS.

34% of Americans work in jobs that require prolonged use of digital devices with 30% spending a minimum of six hours a day using these devices, and 20% spend 10 to 12 hours a day on them.

The most common symptoms of CVS are dry eyes, tired eyes, eye pain, eye fatigue, red eyes, burning eyes, pain in and around the eyes, blurred vision, sensitivity to light, difficulty concentrating, excessive tearing, double vision, headaches, fatigue and stiffness in the neck, shoulders and / or back. These symptoms may be reduced by using proper posture and modifying digital work behavior.

Regular eye exams to ensure that your lenses are contributing to the vision as much as possible. The proper ergonomic positioning is a working distance of 18 up to 24 “from the monitor and the vertical posture to reduce the stiffness and pain in the back, shoulders and neck (no slouching). Consider the 20/20/20 Rule which is for every 20 minutes of computer or digital use, take a break of 20 seconds, and focus on an object at least 20 feet away. As a rule of thumb try and limit the use of digital devices when possible and get out in the sunshine.

BA Eye Site can help you with your CVS. We recommend and prescribe proven strategies to help keep your eyes healthy and productive.

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