Computer Vision Syndrome: How Bright Should Our Future Be?
Who doesn't want a bright future? Not a tricky question.
We all want the best life; the best health, the best jobs, the best devices and so on. However, the brightness of technology casts a shadow on our health and happiness. As we find more uses for our computers and electronic devices, we're getting more familiar with computer vision syndrome and its symptoms.
What is Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS)
Computer vision syndrome is the eye strain we experience when standing in front of a computer all day long. Its symptoms can easily jeopardize our health and quality of life. But, have no fear, if we take a few preventive methods, computer vision syndrome doesn’t have to get in the way of our access to technology.
Here’s a little quiz to test your knowledge of CVS and some advice to help you prevent and relieve its symptoms.
Test your computer vision syndrome knowledge. Quiz time!
- Which of the following words is most likely to come out of your mouth after using a computer for over 2 hours?
b. “My neck and shoulders really hurt!”
c. “I can’t see clearly!”
d. “My eyes feel strained!”
e. “I have a headache!”
f. All of the above.
- What's your explanation for your symptoms?
b. I can’t focus on all these weird computer images.
c. The images/fonts on my computer are too small.
d. My computer station is set up all wrong; the screen is too high, the chair is at the wrong height, and the keyboard is at the wrong angle.
- What percent of Americans do you think suffer from Computer Vision Syndrome?
b. 25-30% - My uncle complained about it the other day.
c. 50% - Always a reasonable guess.
d. 70-75% - Are these techy things even meant for people over 20?
- Do you find yourself blinking more than usual when you use the computer?
b. I don’t notice any difference.
c. I find myself blinking twice as much.
d. I find myself blinking half as much.
- What about that Big E eye test that you take at the eye doctor’s office? Do you think that would be a good way to diagnose Computer Vision Syndrome?
c. Oh, those things? I haven’t taken one of those since I was in elementary school.
- Do you think your eyes react to the computer screen the same way they react to a printed word?
c. Depends on the text font
- If you wanted to improve your eye comfort, would you make your computer screen:
b. Much darker
c. About the same
d. It wouldn’t make a difference, these things are out to get me.
- Do you think your vision has an effect on your productivity in the workplace?
b. No, I push through the headache.
- What do you think you can do to make these symptoms go away?
b. Position my screen just below eye level
c. Take a 20-second break, every 20 minutes, and focus on something 20 feet away. (You probably do this anyway)
d. Wear special, all-purpose computer glasses, especially if you have a prescription for bifocals
e. All of the above
f. None of the above
Computer vision syndrome is serious! Whether you’re an online shopper, a tech wizard, a Facebook fanatic or just working on your computer all day long, computer eye strain does not discriminate. What can you do to ease its symptoms?
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Let’s have a look at 5 essential tips for beating computer eye strain.
Blinking is a natural way of moisturizing the eyes with therapeutic tears and a recommended way of cutting down on eye strain. Blinking too little can leave your eyes feeling dry.
Put on your blinkers when using the computer!
Practice 20/20/20 method
Here’s an easy-to-remember way to keep eye strain to a minimum: take some computer time out every 20 minutes to focus on an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Simple, right?
Get the light right
Lighting is everything! How do you think they made celebrities look good before the advent of Photoshop? Same goes for your workspace lighting.
Here are a few tips to use your workspace lighting to your advantage:
- Keep your computer’s overhead light to a minimum
- Make sure your desk lamp is shining on your desk and not at you
- Keep light off to the side and consider using blinds or an anti-glare screen
- Position your computer, so there’s the least amount of light reflection from street lamps and windows
Get the monitor in position
You need to show that monitor who’s the boss.
For best results, place your monitor about 20 inches from your face and 4-5 inches below eye level. Adjust the brightness and contrast, and tilt it slightly upward.
Wear Your Day Swannies
Did you know that over 70 percent of Americans suffer from computer vision syndrome? And they don't even know about technologically enabled glasses able to counter their symptoms.
Our Day Swannies are designed to block just the right amount of blue light to relieve the symptoms of CVS without distorting the colors of your environment.
Our Day Swannies can block 30% of blue light from the computer, for an immediate eye soothing experience. Give them a try, and you'll be surprised at how many CVS symptoms they'll be able to fix, including eye strain, headaches, blurry vision, even muscle aches. As a bonus, Swannies look great on! You can look cool without even trying.
Say goodbye to computer vision syndrome for good!
Now you have a few good tips to prevent and manage those nasty CVS symptoms.
In a nutshell:
- When you turn your computer on, put your Swannies on,
- Get your monitor in position
- Adjust the light,
- Blink, blink, blink
- Practice 20/20/20
Now you’re ready for a bright future. Go for it!