There are health risks that go along with staring at an LCD computer screen each and every day. This is known as CVS or Computer Vision Syndrome, which is just the medical term for eye strain.
According to some studies, CVS affects about 90% of all office workers, which is a staggering amount.
Conclusion from these studies.
Symptoms following sustained computer use were significantly worse than those reported after hard copy fixation under similar viewing conditions.A better understanding of the physiology underlying CVS is critical to allow more accurate diagnosis and treatment. This will allow practitioners to optimize visual comfort and efficiency during computer operation.
How do you avoid straining your eyes without hurting your productivity?
Not everyone can afford to get up from their desks for 15 minutes every hour to rest their eyes, even if that would be the healthiest course of action. If you’re one of those people, then the best option to save your eyes, and retain your productivity is to look away from your computer screen for five minutes for every twenty minutes you work. That still means you’ll be away from your computer work for 15 minutes every hour, so you can use those smaller breaks to do paperwork, make a phone call, or accomplish another of your routine duties.
Move your computer at least an arms length away from you. Also make sure it is directly in front of you, and pointed away from a window or bright light. Glare caused by extraneous light can cause extreme eye distress.
Blink more often. It sounds hard, because blinking isn’t something you normally have to think about doing. However, blinking more often can bring extra moisture to your eyes, which is important in avoiding CVS.
Cup your hands tightly over your eyes and give them a rest for a few minutes.
Avoid always wearing sun glasses outdoors, this weakens your eyes. If you are out in a bright sunny day driving or on the water or snow which creates a glare then sun glasses are beneficial
Get your eyes checked regularly. Most studies agree that CVS does not permanently damage the eyes, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have harmful effects. Get your eyes checked at least once a year.
Eat a diet of organic fruits and vegetable daily. They contain nutrients that improve eye health.
Your work is important, but if you don’t take care of your eyes you could have severe problems down the road.