What is Computer Vision Syndrome?
Many of us spend many hours a day looking at screens, for our jobs and when we’re relaxing watching tv or scrolling through social media.
What are the symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome?
Symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome include:
How does screen use cause Dry Eye Syndrome?
When we stare at digital devices, we blink less often. Therefore, the longer we spend looking at screens, the dryer our eyes become.
A recent study of Japanese workers even goes as far as to suggest that working on screens for an extended period of time can change the composition of your tears, potentially causing chronic Dry Eye Syndrome.
Tips to avoid Computer Vision Syndrome
- Reduce screen time.
One of the most effective ways to reduce eye strain and dry eyes due to staring at screens is to cut down your screen time. Limiting how many hours a day you spend looking at digital devices can help protect against itchy, dry eyes.
- Follow the 20:20:20 rule
Every 20 minutes, try to look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. 20 seconds is long enough for your eyes to fully relax, so doing this frequently when you are looking at your screen is a great way to keep your eyes in a healthy condition.
- Adjust your monitor
- Make the text bigger
- Find the right lighting
- Use a humidifier
- Use an app
This is a useful way to limit screen use in your downtime as well as work time. Software like f.lux automatically adjusts the brightness and tone of your screen to protect your eyes. And apps like Time Out remind you to take regular breaks from your device.
- Use a lubricating eye drop
Lubricating eye drops for dry eyes can provide relief from Dry Eye symptoms caused by screen use. By incorporating VisuXL ® eye drops into your morning routine, you can help your eyes stay hydrated for a full 12 hours, thanks to its smart gel technology.