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EyeSight Vision Care, Issue #009 -- Computer Vision Syndrome
September 10, 2007
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Table of Contents
You Can Improve Your Vision Naturally.
Computer Vision Syndrome.
Over 175 million Americans use a computer either on the job or at home.
Nearly 75% of these people report vision problems as a result of their computer use.
Are you one them?
Dry and irritated eyes, difficulty focusing, headaches, backaches, neck strain, and double vision are just a few of the symptoms caused by computer use.
Collectively, these symptoms are known as "Computer Vision Syndrome," which the American Optometric Association (AOA) defines as being "related to near work... experienced during...computer use."
You might recognize that phrase "near work" from an earlier lesson. As you learned in Newsletter 6, computer use causes near-point stress-reported by the AOA as one of the leading causes of nearsightedness and its progression.
How does the computer hurt your eyes?
Human eyes were not made to look at a computer screen.
The screen you are viewing right now is actually made up of thousands of pixels.
Pixels are, essentially, colored dots that make up the image you see or the text you read.
The more pixels on your screen for a given image, the clearer the image will appear.
But your eyes cannot focus directly on each of these thousands of pixels.
Instead, you have to focus over and over to keep the images sharp-which causes strain and tension in your eyes.
Computer screens have also been shown to reduce blink rates by up to five times!
This is why your eyes feel dry and irritated after staring at the screen.
Think of blinking like breathing: you can't do without it.
Reduced blinking could be said to be the asthma of the eyes.
So, short of quitting your job, what can you do about Computer Vision Syndrome?
In the long term, following the Vision for Life program will help you combat the deterioration caused by the near-point stress of computer use.
And in the short term, here are some tips your eyes will appreciate.
Repositioning your monitor is an easy and effective way to avoid awkward head or eye movements.
It should be squarely in front of you at a distance of 18 to 28 inches, with the top of the monitor(not the screen) level with your eyes.
You may also have to adjust the angle of your monitor to allow your eyes to remain in a natural position (straight ahead and slightly down).
Modifying your office lighting will eliminate glare and harsh reflections.
First, find the source of the glare: is it coming from a window, task light, or the computer screen itself?
Adjust blinds or curtains to minimize sunlight.
Turn down overhead lights so that the brightness of the screen and the surrounding room are balanced.
Task lights should be positioned to provide direct light for reading and other office work but should not shine directly on the computer.
It's easy to lose track of time at the computer.
So you need to learn how to take a break. Here's how:
Place a piece of masking tape with "10-10-10" on it to remind you to perform the "10-10-10" rule:
Every time you are performing close vision work for over 10 consecutive minutes, look up and focus on anything that is at least 10 feet away, for at least 10 seconds.
This simple rule helps to prevent the damaging effects of near-point stress and could literally save your eyesight!
(And a computer break is a perfect excuse to perform your Vision for Life eye exercises.)
Seniors should take extra care arranging their work stations.
The AOA notes that workers over 50 years of age require twice the light levels of young adults for comfortable work.
By the same token, very often small children share the same computer as their parents, a situation that can lead to injury, as monitor distance and position have been set up to accommodate the adults.
The following is a link to Vision for Life and I feel good about offering it. Natural Vision Correction
Your eyes will thank you.
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