All that Constant Screen Time can cause problems with your Vision!

More and more people these days are reporting that they are experiencing issues with their eye health, and guess what? The computer screen you constantly stare at is to blame…

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Do you experience headaches on a regular basis? Or every day? You could be suffering from computer vision syndrome, a condition that is common among middle aged people, especially women, who spend most of their day staring at a computer screen.

Some of the symptoms of computer vision syndrome include:

Blurred vision
Dry eyes
Neck and shoulder pain
Light sensitivity
Double Vision
Itchy eyes

Some people don’t even notice that they have a problem, however if these symptoms are left unattended they could get even worse…

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So, how can you protect your eyes from computer strain?

     1.  Take regular breaks. When you sit down and start working at your computer, make sure to follow the 20-20-20 rule. Take a 20 second break every 20 minutes and focus on something that is at least 20 feet away, this give your eyes a break and time to recover.

      2.  Adjust your screen. Make sure to set the brightness and contrast of your screen to suit you and make you feel comfortable. You also need to position the screen so that it is about 50cm from your eyes.

     3.  Get the lighting right. Lighting in the room you are sitting in is also a vital element. If it is possible try to stop any glares or reflections by diffusing the light that hits the screen, this will help you stop squinting too.

      4.  Visit an eye doctor. Make an appointment with your optometrist and get your eyes checked out to ensure you are wearing the correct eye wear, or in case you need to get yourself a pair of glasses.

Don’t let computer vision syndrome become a serious issue, take the breaks that you need and protect your eyes – you only have one pair!

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