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Keep Your Eyes Healthy While Using Digital Devices

What is Computer Vision Syndrome?

The use of technology every day, such as sitting in front of a computer screen or staring at a tablet or mobile device can cause damage to your eyes over time.

Computer Vision Syndrome can also cause, eye fatigue, strain, headaches, and blurred vision. In other words it feels like your eyes have given up before you are done with your tasks.

Computer Vision Syndrome is a condition where staring at a screen for prolonged periods of time reduces your ability to see and focus clearly.

What is Resting Point of Accommodation?

The distance at which your eyes focus is approximately 1.5 meters.
When you take into consideration the amount of time spent on digital devices there is no surprise that there is, in some cases, induced eye fatigue and eye strain. These can be caused by:

  • Decreased blink rate (dry eye, leading to blurred vision)
  • Prolonged exposure to high energy visible blue light
  • Staring at a pixelated screen (very different from reading paper print)
  • Strain on neck and back due to potentially poor posture.

Important Information About Computer Vision Syndrome:

Why Blame Computer Screens?

Many people find it hard to believe that something as relatively harmless as a computer screen can have the potential to damage their vision. Most people also don’t realize that there are some significant differences between the words on a screen and on a piece of paper.

The letters on print material are much more defined than the words on a computer screen. The contrast on a computer screen creates an effect that causes the words to echo visually long after you’ve looked away. Computer screens also give off a glare that often makes reading the content on it uncomfortable and challenging.

All of these concerns can lead to the development of Computer Vision Syndrome.

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Next Steps

How to Prevent Computer Vision Syndrome

The easiest way to prevent the development of computer vision syndrome is to be proactive. Make changes to your work environment so that your eyes don’t have to work so hard. Use proper lighting in the room and take frequent breaks from the computer. If you experience any eye pain, strain, or blurred vision while using your computer or mobile devices, contact Rocky Ridge Eye Centre to schedule an appointment with our Optometrist for an eye exam.