Computer Vision Syndrome: A Problem of The Digital Age
Today we find ourselves living in a digitally-driven age, where all of us spend considerable time in front of any electronic devices with screens such as computers, laptops, smartphones, or tablets. From work to entertainment, we depend on such digital devices for everything nowadays. Such increased exposure causes significant damage to our eyes in the long run. It leads to various eye conditions and defects, suggesting symptoms that you suffer from Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS).
If you want to understand what computer vision syndrome is and how you should deal with it, then read below to find out more.
What is Computer Vision Syndrome?
Looking at screen devices such as the computer is different from seeing or reading printed pages. The glare or reflections from the screen, coupled with poor definition and low contrast, makes the eyes work harder when using digital devices.
All this extra pressure on the eye muscles and other parts leads to different kinds of eye problems. All the vision, as well as eye defects arising from increased exposure to the computer, are categorized under Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS).
The various common eye problems that arise from computer overuse include the following:
- Dry and irritated eyes
- Blurred vision
In case you suffer from such eye problems too, then you must consult your eye care practitioner as to how to treat these symptoms. The optometrist may conduct a comprehensive eye exam to identify any specific eye defect that you may be suffering from.
Even otherwise, a thorough eye examination will help your eye care specialist prescribe your recommendations for what types of contact lenses to buy. And also suggest eye exercises that may help improve the condition or any treatment that you may need to undergo for improving your vision and maintaining healthy eyes.
Besides, if you have developed presbyopia (occurs usually after 40 years of age) over time, your optometrist may suggest that you wear multifocal contact lenses for proper vision clarity. Similarly, for astigmatism, you might get a prescription for toric contact lenses.
How to Treat Computer Vision Syndrome?
As mentioned above, the first thing you must do is to reach out to your eye care specialist for a check-up. Additionally, there are also a few other things you can do to alleviate the stress that builds up with prolonged screen exposure. Have a look at some of these simple things you can do:
- Position your Screen Right – To ensure that your eyes do not face stress, position your screen in such a way that the center of the screen is about 28 inches from your eyes.
- Get the Right Lighting– Always have ample lighting wherever you work. However, position your screen and the light sources in such a way that you can avoid glare.
- Get Anti-Glare Screens – Use an anti-glare filter over your screen to reduce glare when you cannot control surrounding light sources.
- Blink frequently and Take Breaks – Give your eyes some rest every 20 minutes, by looking around the room or at distant objects 20 feet away for 20 seconds to allow your eyes to refocus. Also, blink your eyes frequently to keep them moist.
- Wear Suitable Contact Lenses – Most of you prefer wearing contact lenses for all the benefits they offer over eyeglasses. That is why, to ensure your eyes stay safe and healthy, you must first explore different types of contact lens options and discuss the same with your optometrist. Only then should you buy contact lenses, including lenses that are designed specifically for different eye conditions, after consulting with your optometrist.
Also, check with your optometrist if you can buy contact lenses such as our Bausch+Lomb Ultra Contact Lenses, which is designed with MoistureSeal technology to retain 95% of its moisture and prevent lens-related dryness in the eyes*. Perfect for those spending most of their time on digital devices such as smartphones, computers, laptops, or tablets.
Enjoy Happy And Healthy Eyes
Your eyes work hard day in and day out and help you get all your tasks done. More than that, our eyes are the gateway to the world, that is why you must take care of their health. In today’s digitally driven world, avoiding digital screens altogether might not be practical, but taking steps to keep your eyes protected against Computer Vision Syndrome is essential. Get in touch with your optometrist and take all the necessary steps to ensure healthy eyes.
Bausch+Lomb offers various types of contact lenses to fulfil your vision correction requirements and prevents eye problems such as lens-related dryness in the eyes. Some of our popular Bausch+Lomb products are Ultra contact lenses, SofLens, PureVision 2 HD, Biotrue ONEday Daily disposables, and iconnect OxyRich Contact Lenses, which offers perfect fit, precise vision, and comfortable wear to keep your going all day long.
Remember to consult an optometrist before you buy contact lenses of any kind and follow their instructions carefully to keep any eye complications at bay.
* Data on file Bausch & Lomb Incorporated
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