May is Healthy Vision Month — a perfect time to focus on computer vision syndrome (CVS). Although not a vision-threatening problem, CVS can cause several symptoms, including eyestrain, blurred vision, dry eyes, headaches and neck pain.
Studies show 50% to 90% of people who use a computer for 2 hours or more sometimes experience CVS symptoms.
But there’s good news. Several simple self-help measures can help relieve and prevent CVS.
For example, the American Optometric Association advises adjusting your computer screen so it is about 4 to 5 inches below eye level. Position your computer screen to avoid glare, too. If you can’t change the lighting, consider a glare filter for the computer screen.
More eye-relieving tips:
- Rest your eyes for 15 minutes after 2 hours of computer use.
- Follow the 20-20-20 Rule: For every 20 minutes of computer viewing, take a 20-second break and refocus your eyes by looking 20 feet away.
- Blink frequently to keep eyes moist; use moisturizing eye drops.
- Make sure your chair is comfortable to avoid neck and shoulder discomfort.
- Get an eye exam. Uncorrected or under-corrected vision problems contribute to eyestrain. Some people benefit from glasses prescribed specifically for computer use, too.