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The Effects of Computer Use on Eye Health

Many people are required to use computers 8 hours a day for work, while others may be using computers or staring at their phone screens for countless hours throughout the week. When you stare at a screen for extended periods of time you may experience uncomfortable vision and eye symptoms.

When this occurs, it is referred to as computer vision syndrome (CVS), a temporary condition that results from focusing the eyes on a digital screen for extended periods of time. The symptoms of CVS include:

  • Eye strain
  • Dry eyes
  • Headache
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Blurred vision
  • Double vision

If you experience any of the mentioned symptoms it is important to call and schedule an eye exam to make sure that your symptoms are not due to an underlying vision problem.

For those who spend hours looking at a screen, the following tips can help to prevent or reduce symptoms of CVS:

  • Follow the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes look at something 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. This will help give your eyes a much needed rest.
  • Walk around: Getting up and taking a walk outside or around the office/house will help your eyes rest and relax, helping to reduce eyestrain.
  • Optimize your ergonomics: For proper use of your monitor it should be placed about 20 to 28 inches away from your eyes. You should stand when you can if your desk allows and use a chair with good lumbar support and your feet flat on the ground. When typing, your elbows should be at a right angle and your wrists should not be bent.

If you live in the greater Sacramento area and would like to schedule an exam with an experienced eye doctor, please contact Wilmarth Eye and Laser Center at (916) 850-3060 to schedule your appointment with Stephen Wilmarth, M.D. today!

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