Working from home with Computer Vision Syndrome


No more excuses for why you can’t get on the computer because of the following:

Headaches during or after working on the computer, Burning Eyes, Distance Vision is blurry when looking up from the computer, Dry, Tired, or Sore Eyes, Squinting helps when looking at the computer, Neck, Shoulder, or Back Pain, Double Vision, Letters on the screen run together, Driving/night vision is worse after computer use, “Halos” appear around objects on the screen, Need to interrupt work frequently to rest eyes.

I have researched some great tips that you can use to reduce or get rid of any of these symptoms.  Really awesome advice that I have started using daily.  At first, I thought my headaches were from my kids (LOL, they can do that too) but then I realized the headaches were starting shortly after turning on the computer EVERYDAY.  When I started my research I then realized other symptoms I had that are related to CVS (Computer Vision Syndrome).

Here are the suggestions and advice I have found:

Suggestions That Can Help Reduce Some of the Effects of CVSS

      Glare screen filters may be helpful for some people, but they will not solve your computer vision problems because they only affect glare from the computer screen, not the problems caused by the constant refocusing the eyes must do when working on a computer. An anti-reflective coating (AR Coat) on the lenses of glasses will reduce the glare coming at you and from behind you that causes eyestrain.

      Proper lighting can reduce eyestrain and glare. Glare is created by glare on walls and other surfaces, reflections from the computer screen, bright light coming in from outside, and bright light inside. To decrease light and reflections from external light, close drapes or blinds. When using computers, lighting should be about half of that used in most offices. Using fewer light bulbs or florescent bulbs or use lower intensity bulbs can reduce glare caused by overhead lighting.

      Take a 10-15 minute break every hour to reduce eyestrain. Look away from the computer screen every 10-15 minutes and focus for 5-10 seconds on a distant object outside or down the hallway or get up and take a short walk. Everyone tends to stare at the computer and blink less, about 5 times less than normal, according to studies. Staring and decreased blinking dry the eyes out. Taking frequent breaks allows normal blinking and better wetting of the eyes. Office buildings tend to be dry environments that also reduce tearing. If you are experiencing significant dryness, ask your eye doctor about artificial tears or eye drops that you can use during the day. By modifying your work area, you can reduce eyestrain and other effects of CVS. If you need to look back and forth between the printed or written page and the computer, eyestrain can occur. Place written pages on a copy stand next to the monitor. Properly light the copy stand. Adjust your workstation and chair to the correct height. Purchase ergonomic furniture to assure proper screen locations and posture. Poor ergonomic setup is a cause of head, neck, shoulder, and back pain.

      Place your monitor directly in front of you, not off to one side. It should be about 20 to 26 inches away from you. Make sure your monitor is just right for you, not too high and not too low. You may need to raise or lower your chair. If you reposition your chair, keep in mind that your arms should be parallel to the floor when you type, and your feet should be flat on the floor or on a footstool. Finally, maintain good posture at your desk: keep your back straight and your shoulders back. Adjust the contrast between the background and the characters on the screen by adjusting the brightness on your computer screen.

Please note that I am not a Doctor and I am only giving you researched information based on symptoms I experience working on the computer for hours daily.

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