Technology and Vision Problems

Aside from its effect on our psychological and social well being, spending a large portion of they day in front of a screen can lead to a panoply of physical health issues. Here are some examples of problems and some ideas for prevention and treatment.

Time identifies “Computer Vision Syndrome” as the complex of problems associated with excessive screen time, including eyestrain, blurred vision, and dry eyes.

Solutions and Prevention

  • Don’t forget to blink! It may sound silly, but we tend to blink less frequently than normal when using a computer. If this doesn’t help, try using artificial tears.
  • Take a 20-20-20 break. The Mayo Clinic advises staring at something at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds every 20 minutes. As an added bonus, staring into the middle distance can be a much-needed break for a tech-addled mind.
  • Make sure your workspace conditions are optimal. Try to put your computer in a location with adequate lighting and minimal glare, about 20 to 40 inches away from your eyes. Also, watch out for air sources near your desk that can dry out your eyes.
  • Try a mini-massage. Massaging the muscle around your eyes can help combat fatigue and strain.

--Liz Soltan