Computer Use and Your Eyes

exhausted 30s guy needs relaxationWe live in a digitized world, and it’s not surprising that most people have jobs that involve staring at their computers for hours. The light from these screens can strain our eyes, leading to frequent headaches, eye fatigue, and blurred vision.

Eye complications caused by the prolonged use of computers are categorized under computer vision syndrome (CVS) or digital eye strain. It’s worth noting that this isn’t one particular condition since it encompasses a myriad of several eye problems.

Apart from adults, kids can also be affected. Kids who spend most of their time on their computers or smartphones can suffer the effects of straining their eyes and other related issues.

How Computers Affect Your Eyes

When working in front of the computer, your eyes are forced to focus and refocus most of the time. Moving back and forth while reading, scrolling up and down, and exposing your eyes to different images strains your eye muscles.

The light from the screens makes things even worse as it adds contrast, glare, and flicker. Studies also reveal that we blink less when using computers, leaving your eyes dry.

You are more likely to develop eye complications if you already have underlying issues. For instance, people who should wear glasses and are not using them could experience certain effects.

Symptoms of Computer Eye Strain

Some signs indicating that you spend a lot of time in front of the screens include:

  • Eye discomfort
  • Tired and strained eyes
  • Difficulty refocusing the eyes
  • Headaches
  • Blurred vision
  • Burning eyes
  • Neck and shoulder pain

Computer Eyestrain Relief

To help you ease the symptoms above, there are a couple of things you can do, including:

  • Adjusting your glasses
  • Using prescribed eye drops
  • Adjusting your monitor settings
  • Taking a break
  • Seeing an eye doctor

At Kirk Eye Center, we are always keen to ensure that our clients understand how to care for their eyes while using computers properly. Book an appointment today, so we can check your eyes and recommend the best eye relief treatment that works for you.

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