Let’s face it – the world today is extremely reliant on computers. Whether you use them for entertainment or work, researchers have found that on average people spend more than six hours a day in front of a computer screen. Although it may be necessary for you to be on the computer all day long, you should be aware of the effect that can have on you.
After a few hours of staring at your computer, do your eyes become dry? Does it seem like the words on the screen are getting blurrier by the minute? Do you have neck and shoulder pain that doesn’t seem to go away?
If you can answer yes to any of the above questions, you may be experiencing symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS). CVS is a result of using a computer for long periods of time, with those spending two or more continuous hours every day looking at a computer screen the most susceptible.
According to the American Optometric Association , the longer you use a computer, the more prevalent these symptoms will become. And, it’s not just the screen itself that causes problems; the AOA says CVS can be brought on by poor lighting, screen glare, poor posture, bad viewing distances and uncorrected vision problems.
But before you panic and switch to pen and paper, view the infographic from Mashable.com below and consider some of the suggestions to combat CVS and make sure your eyes stay healthy. One of the best and easiest tips given is the “20-20-20 rule,” which says that every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break to look at something that is 20 feet away.
Technology companies, such as Apple also provide tips on how to prevent eye problems and other work-related ailments. There’s no turning away from technology, but there’s always room to take care of yourself and make sure you can enjoy seeing the world around you for years to come.