Computer Vision Syndrome is an eye condition that our practices at Troy, Luverne, Ozark, and Enterprise have all received complaints about. We are using devices all day long. Whether it’s staring at a computer for work, watching your favorite shows on TV, or texting your friends on your cell phone, we can be spending up to 10 hours a day looking at a screen. Our bodies were not designed to stare at a screen all day. The result is an increase eye strain and vision issues.
What are the symptoms? Patients will complain of blurriness, redness, headaches, and overall eye fatigue. When staring at a screen, we tend to blink less. This causes the tear ducts to start to dry out. Mucin, oil, and water levels get thrown off.
While on one of these devices, it is important to actively remind yourself to remember to blink. Try closing your eyes from time to time to allow them to relax. We like following the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
With some of these easy tips in place, you can continue to spend hours a day on screen time and avoid eye strain.