Dealing with CVS
Ergonomics won’t solve CVS
If you do spend a lot of time in front of the computer and you have recognized some of the symptoms, then some simple ergonomic adjustments may help ease your discomfort to some small degree, but the first thing to do is to get an eye exam.
According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), computer users should have an eye exam before they start working on a computer and once a year thereafter. Changing your workstation for the computer can certainly facilitate in minimizing other physical symptoms, but it won’t truly make a difference with CVS.
Most people unconsciously try to compensate for their blurred vision by leaning forward, or by tipping their head to look through the bottom portion of their glasses, resulting in a sore neck, sore shoulders and a sore back.
Ergonomics alone cannot fix an inherently visual problem and only the right computer lens prescription aligned for the proper distance from the screen will alleviate discomfort and blurred vision.
Taking brakes often
The only thing you can do without any need of corrective glasses or specially modulated computer vision glasses is to remember to take breaks often. Every half hour or so, look away from the screen and stare at something far away. Try to focus at something very distant, allowing in the meantime the relaxation of the tense inner eye muscles that are continually strained with focusing at the close-proximity screen. You should also make sure the lighting is correct for the activity you are doing — bright for reading and a bit dimmer for computer work — with no glare. Eye doctors can also be a great help with this, giving you more information on at-home things you can do for reduced strain.
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