Have you ever felt the strain in your eyes after staring at the computer for too long? Have you ever noticed your vision is declining as you continue to spend hours in front of a screen? Well, it’s true.

A lot of people are finding their vision and eye health are on the decline because of excessive time spent in front of the computer. We call this computer vision syndrome. This is when we feel the physical strain in our eyes right after getting off the computer and notice that our vision does not recover as fast as usual.

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People who have adequate amounts of rest at night are on healthy dieting and activity plans and don’t stare at an object for too long probably won’t have computer vision syndrome. It only occurs in people who don’t get sufficient sleep and aren’t considering their eye health when playing the computer.

By not making a positive change to reverse the effects of computer vision syndrome, we may permanently damage our eyesight over time. Fortunately enough, computer vision syndrome can be prevented and also managed by taking the right course of action.

Signs of Computer Vision Syndrome

Computer Vision Syndrome

Here are 5 signs that you may have computer vision syndrome

1. Blurred vision

Blurred vision is the most common effect of computer vision syndrome and is the first to occur. After staring at a screen for so long, when you take your eyes off of it, your vision will become blurry.

It is because your eyes are trying to adapt to the natural lighting and environment of your surroundings. This may last for a few seconds up to a few minutes. The longer you spend in front of the screen, the longer your blurry vision will last.

2. Double vision

Just like blurred vision, double vision occurs because your eyes are trying to adapt to its environment after it has been focusing so long on the computer. As our eyes are sharply focused on the screen, by the time you get off the computer, your eyes will need time to figure out what its focus it’s. It may cause double vision.

3. Dry or sore eyes

Along with impaired vision, dry and sore eyes are extremely common. The level of light on your computer screen can cause a strain on your eyes, causing it to go dry and red. You’ll notice that they might hurt when you suddenly close your eyes.

4. Headaches

After focusing on anything for too long, you may get headaches, mainly when it’s stressful. And the chances are that you’re working on something that may be causing you to stress when on the computer.

On top of that, your eyes have adjusted to the light and view of the computer screen. As soon as you switch the computer off or change your focus, your eyes will strain so badly that it may cause you headaches.

5. Neck or back pain

Though this doesn’t directly correlate to eye health, a sore neck or back is a common symptom of computer vision syndrome. As our bodies are in a sedentary position for so long, all of the little pains and niggles in our bones, joints, and muscles will start to pile up. Also due to poor posture, a sore neck and back is very common with computer vision syndrome

Preventing Computer Vision Syndrome

Computer Vision Syndrome
  • Get more sleep – Ensuring that you give your eyes enough rest at night, will make them revitalize them as well as letting it recover from the strains you get during the day.
  • Take breaks when on the computer – Whether you’re doing your work, studying or playing video games, take breaks in between sessions. Twice every hour can do you a whole lot of good. Take this time to get some healthy foods in, stretch and move around as well as resting your eyes.
  • Eat foods that improve vision – Leafy vegetables and citrus fruits are known to improve eyesight and vision. They can also help to hydrate your body and eyes after straining them for so long. This can also help with soreness and the red colour in your eyes after staring at a computer for long hours.
  • Get a check-up with an optometrist or doctor – as soon as you notice signs of computer vision syndrome, get a professional check-up. They will be able to give you advice as well as therapy to improve your condition. They may even advise you to start wearing or upgrade your glasses. Seeing an optometrist should also be done yearly.

Keep in Mind

Computer Vision Syndrome

As the UAE, and Dubai in specific are very work-centric destinations, it’s important always to get checked up by your optometrist and ensure that your workload is not too much.

Whether your job requires you to sit in front of a computer for hours on end, always put your health first by making sure you’re getting enough rest, taking breaks when you need them and making sure you take all the measures possible to ensure your vision is left unharmed. There is no work matter more important than your health.

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