Computer vision syndrome: Know your risk

You get up in the morning and check your email, the latest news and the weather forecast. Then you spend your day on and off your smartphone and computer, and make time to relax in front of the TV. Well, all that screen time is taking a toll on your eyes.

The new epidemic in America? Computer vision syndrome(CVS). This is not one specific eye problem, but a whole range of eye strain and pain experienced by computer users. Working adults aren’t the only ones vulnerable to the effect of computers on eye health and computer vision syndrome long-term effects. Adults who spend a lot of time on their smartphones or computers for information, hobbies or social media are also at risk.

And the next generation kids who are relentless about staring non-stop at portable video games — you’ve seen these kids! — or who use computers throughout the day at school also can experience eye damage from computer screens. The problem is aggravated when the lighting and computer position are less than ideal.

If there is a fair amount of screen time in your life, you’re likely at risk for pc eye strain and computer vision syndrome long-term effects. Our eyes just weren’t made for hours of computer use, day-in, day-out. The American Optometric Association estimates there are more than 10 million visits to eye doctors every year for computer vision syndrome related problems.

If you spend more than two hours daily in front of a computer screen — be honest here — you have a 90 percent chance to develop CVS. Experts suggest without proper vision correction, worker productivity can decrease by as much as 20 percent. Computer eye strain is the first computer related complaint. Our health issues, including those for our eyes, have repercussions not only on our individual careers, but the economy in general. If our workforce is primarily knowledge-based (and that means a lot of computer time), computer vision syndrome long-term effects are a very real and present danger.

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