If you spend more than a couple of hours a day staring at a computer screen it is quite likely that you have Computer Vision Syndrome or CVS. This is a condition that is characterized by eyes feeling tired, blurred vision, dryness, headaches, eye strain, headaches and more. Unfortunately, there is really no cure for this condition the only thing that you can do about it is to take preemptive steps you have to take care of your eyes to make sure that your CVS doesnt get any worse.
Here are some tips you can use:
You should not look at your computer screen throughout. Instead, use the 20-20-20 rule. You should look at the screen for 20 minutes and then take 20 seconds to look at something that is about 20 feet away.
Although many people who work with computers dont know it, they need glasses. You should see an eye doctor for a test top determine whether or not you need glasses.
When you stare at a screen for a long time tear production slows down because your reflexes slow down too. Tears are important for keeping your eyes moist. Although it may be hard to remember this, you should try and blink several times every few seconds. If you realize after a while that you havent blinked you should step away from the computer and focus on something else for a couple of minutes.
You may find that you feel the need to be quite close to your screen this only makes CVS worse. Your screen should be between 16 30 inches from your face.
This may not have anything to do with CVS but if your computer is above eye level you are straining your neck and it is quite likely that you will suffer headaches and a stiff neck. Ideally, your screen should either be horizontal to your face or slightly downwards.
If your computer catches reflections, such as from another screen or from a window it will make your eye strain worse. Make sure to angle your computer in such a way that it doesnt catch any reflections.
Character size and color of font matter you should make sure that you use a character size that you can see without straining your eyes. In addition to that, if your screen colors are too bright you will suffer from the glare. Make sure that you are comfortable with the colors on your screen. There are guidelines online as to what color fonts are best for the eyes.
If your monitor is too dim or too bright you are straining your eyes and you will suffer headaches after a few hours. Make sure that the contrast is right before you start using your computer.
If you feel your eyes starting to get strained you can massage the around them. It helps to stimulate blood flow which increases oxygen to the area.
If you use these tips you will stop CVS from developing, and if you already have it you will slow down its progression.