Computer vision syndrome, also referred to as digital eye strain, describes a group of eye– and vision-related problems that result from prolonged computer, tablet, e-reader and cell phone use. This syndrome is characterized by dry and red eyes, sensitivity to glare, pain around the eyes, headache and overall fatigue.eye

Statistics show that nearly 7 out of 10 people who spend 8 to 12 hours a day staring at a computer screen will develop Computer vision impairment. According to a report from India, around 80% of individuals with eye problems hail from the IT profession.

Here are some basic steps of how to prevent eye strain:

  • Follow the 20-20-20 rule– Every 20 minutes look away from the computer screen at an object around 20 feet away for around 20 seconds.
  • Using anti-glare screen covers can reduce eye strain significantly and reduce the chances of developing computer vision syndrome.
  • Avoiding using computers in dark rooms.

An important note is to also rearrange your desk and position your monitor slightly below the eyes level, about 20 to 28 inches away from your face. You shouldn’t have to stretch your neck or strain your eyes to see what’s on the screen.

Note that if you don’t do anything to reduce the symptoms of computer vision syndrome, it might affect more than your eyes, leaving lasting consequences on your work performance and way of life.

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