In this day and age, it is common for almost everyone to have some sort of interaction with screens. New Smart phones, laptops, desktop computers, tablets, and televisions have been introduced into our lives, and most jobs now require us to stare at a computer screen for at least part of the day.
If you walk into a typical office today, you would see desks, and most of the time, the desks now have computers on top of them. Technology has many advantages, especially in the workplace, but the extensive use of technology at work has led to an increase in eye doctor visits. Eye doctors are now seeing an influx of patients who complain about eye pain and eye dryness, and screens are the typical culprits of these eye problems. There is currently no evidence excessive screen exposure causes vision damage, but continued use can strain your eyes.
According to CNN, around 50 to 90% of who work on the computer have reported eye problems. There is now condition for eye problems caused by screens: Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS). The American Optometric Association symptoms associated with CVS are blurred vision, dry eyes, headaches, and neck and shoulder pain.
Luckily, there are ways to prevent the symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome affecting you while working. The main way to prevent CVS is to make your office more ergonomic. You can make your office more ergonomic friendly by adjusting the lights to prevent any screen glares, adjusting the heigh of your chair to be at eye level of your monitor, and investing in anti-glare screens. There are also eye glasses you can buy that reduce eye strain. The last, and most important recommendation for preventing CVS symptoms is to take screen breaks every 20 minutes when looking at a computer.
Eye problems are now the norm for most office workers, and workers can blame screens for most of their eye problems. If you incorporate ergonomic features in the workplace, you will experience less eye strain, making work even more enjoyable! We have all been told to not sit too close to the TV, but the same should also be said for all screens, not just TV’s!