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Does Computer Use Can Cause Dry Eye & Eye Strain

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Most of us use some kind of digital device — a phone, computer, tablet, TV.  About 60% of the world spends at least 5 hours a day on some sort of device.  For some people, that causes eye strain, irritation and dryness. The term to describe that is Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS).  This has become even more common as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, working from home, virtual schooling, and the like.  The symptoms of CVS include:

  • Red, watery eyes
  • Burning or stinging eyes
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Blurred vision
  • The feeling of having something in your eyes

Computer Vision Syndrome symptoms are similar to those individuals who have dry eye syndrome.  We tend to blink less when reading and working on devices.  Blinking is critical to maintain the tear film on your eyes, to make sure that the cornea is well hydrated and protected from damage.

5 Tips to Prevent CVS

T- manage Computer Vision Syndrome consider the following suggestions and adjustments to your screen time.

  1. Take regular breaks. Follow the 20-20-20 rule to prevent staring at your screen for too long. Take a break from your computer or device for 20 seconds, every 20 minutes, and look at something at least 20 feet away. You can set your phone to remind you or download an app.
  2. Adjust your angle. Your screen should be 20-28 inches from your eyes and that the center of the screen should be 4-5 inches lower than eye level.
  3. Use a cool-air humidifier. A humidifier adds moisture to the air and prevents your eyes from drying out.
  4. Reduce glare. Your eyes work harder to read when there is glare reflecting off your screen. Position the screen in a way that prevents glare from windows and lighting. You can also add a glare filter for eye comfort.
  5. Get vision computer glasses. These are eyeglasses prescribed for computer distance, they allow your eyes to focus on the computer screen with less effort.  Blue-light filters and Anti-Glare filters may also reduce exposure to potentially harmful blue light emitted by digital devices.

Taking regular breaks from your screen enables you to give your eyes and body a much-needed rest. To learn more about Computer Vision Syndrome and to receive treatment to alleviate dry eye symptoms and eye strain, contact Family Eye Care.  You can reach us at 1-732-679-2020.

 

Frequently Asked Questions with Dr. Moshe Roth and Dr. Steffani Tiomno

 

Q: What's the link between staring at a computer screen and dry eye?

  • A: When we spend time working at a computer screen, we tend to blink about 30% less. That is a problem because blinking is essential for lubricating the eyes and keeping the protective tear film that covers the eye intact. If you find your eyes becoming irritated or uncomfortable at work, try to blink more, especially while using the computer and reading.

Q: Can blue light glasses help avoid computer vision syndrome and dry eye?

  • A: Spending long periods of time on a computer or device can negatively affect your eyes, potentially leading to Computer Vision Syndrome and dry eye. Symptoms include blurred or double vision, headaches, eye strain, eye fatigue, sleep disruptions, and dry eyes. Computer glasses offer blue light protection by reducing the dangerous effects of blue light and the risks of computer vision syndrome.

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