Computer Vision Syndrome
Computer Vision Syndrome has become an epidemic. The majority of people in the world now own some sort of device which is stared at for more than 1 hour a day. It did not used to be like this. Thus more and more patients are having one or more of the below symptoms. These symptoms can lead to chronic pain if untreated.
|Sore eyes||Dry Eye Syndrome (DE/DES)|
|Ocular surface–related||Dry eyes||Dry Eye Syndrome|
|Watery eyes||Dry Eye Syndrome|
|Irritated eyes||Dry Eye Syndrome|
|Contact lens problems||Dry Eye Syndrome|
|Visual||Blurred vision||Refractive error|
|Slowness of focus change||Accommodation|
|Double vision||Diplopia usually due to DES|
|Decreased ability to read close||Presbyopia|
|Extraocular||Neck pain||Presbyopic correction|
|Back pain||Computer screen location|
A multidirectional approach combining ocular therapy with adjustment of your workstation are needed.
The following have been shown to be the most helpful to decrease symptoms.
1. Proper lighting
2. Anti-glare filters,
3. Ergonomic positioning of computer monitor
4. Regular work breaks may help improve visual comfort: close your eyes everytime you load a new page. Take a full blink or hard blink ever 5-15 minutes.
Wash your face with warm/hot water at every bathroom break trying to gentle massage your close eyelids at the base of the eye lashes and take extra hard blinks after applying the warm water: or use a warm towel to put on your eyelids even for a few seconds.
5. Lubricating eye drops
6. Be sure to check your glasses Rx every year.
7. Special computer glasses also help relieve ocular surface–related symptoms.
Computers, iphones, ipads, cellphones have become an irreplaceable necessity in our lives at work and home. That is becoming true for our kids as well. I tell all my patients who are children that if they are trying to become a doctor, lawyer, scientist, president, or cure cancer, they can uses devices as needed. But if they are facebooking, playing video games, checking news, gossip, they are wasting one of the most precious gifts we were given: non-painful eyes and vision. Do not take it for granted. Stop the devices unless truly needed!