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Do you find that after sitting at your desk staring at your computer all day, you start seeing double? Your eyes might feel irritated and dry. You might even have a headache or neck, shoulder, and back pain. You might be suffering from Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS). CVS is described by the American Optometric Association as vision-related problems following prolonged computer use.
Other symptoms of CVS include the following:
- Tired, achy eyes
- Blurred vision
- Trouble focusing after long periods of computer use
Most symptoms are temporary and will subside after completing computer work. If your work causes you to spend long hours at a computer monitor, consider taking breaks. Incorporate a stretch break so you can relax your head, neck, and shoulders while giving your eyes a rest, or simply get up and move. Prevention will help reduce visual symptoms associated with CVS.
Consider these additional steps to protect your eyes:
- Take short breaks; for a few seconds to a minute, look away from your computer monitor.
- Tilt your monitor up to prevent glare, or consider an anti-glare screen.
- Position your monitor so the screen is 4 to 5 inches below eye level, and so you sit 16 to 30 inches away.
- To avoid dry eyes, blink frequently to keep your eyes moist.
Make sure to routinely visit your eye doctor and give your eyes a break! Vision health is an important part of worksite wellness.