If you are one of the many Americans who spend a number of hours a day in front of a computer, then you are probably at risk for computer vision syndrome. Fortunately, by taking proper precautions, you can largely prevent eye strain.

Read on as our team at AFC Urgent Care Chapman Highway shares some insight about computer vision syndrome and how to ease the strain.

What Happens to Your Eyes When You’re Always Looking at Screens?

Over the last couple decades, Americans have become increasingly dependent on technology. And while technology has benefits, the time we spend in front of screens is not one of them.

In fact, spending all that time looking at an electronic device means that we’re at an increased risk of developing eye strain, or specifically, a condition called computer vision syndrome.

Symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome

  • Blurred vision
  • Burning eyes
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Dry eyes
  • Eye discomfort
  • Headaches
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Tired eyes
  • Watery eyes

What Can I Do to Ease Eye Strain?

One key way to reduce eye strain if you’re working in front of a computer is to assess the lighting and the positioning of your computer monitor.

You want to ensure the area is well-lit, while also making sure there’s not too much exposure to artificial light—and you want to make sure your computer monitor is set up at an angle that allows your eyes to naturally look straight forward and not down or up.

Other Ways to Prevent Eye Strain

  • Take regular digital detox breaks throughout the day.
  • Every 20 minutes, look at least 20 feet away from your computer for at least 20 seconds.
  • See an eye doctor regularly to check your vision.

Are your headaches from all your screen time or some other cause? Stop by AFC Urgent Care Chapman Highway for a medical evaluation.