Have you heard of Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS)? This covers a range of vision-related problems caused by staring at a computer screen for too long. How many of us do that these days? I would imagine that it’s most of us and increasingly more children.
It’s World Sight Day on Thursday October 9, 2014. This is a great reminder to take care of our precious gift of sight.
What are you doing to help protect your sight at work? Do you sit in front of a computer screen for long periods of time?
Common symptoms of CVS include: eye pain/irritation, headaches, blurred/double vision, dry or red eyes, neck and shoulder pain. Uncorrected vision problems can make CVS worse.
So what can you do today to reduce the risk of CVS?
- Remember to blink! Your blink-rate may slow when you’re staring at the screen for long periods of time. This can lead to dry eyes
- Shift your vision away from the screen for a few seconds on a regular basis
- Take regular breaks away from the screen – get up and MOVE! This is a good tip anyway to ensure you give your body a break from sitting. Try to do this for at least 5 minutes in every hour
- See your Optometrist to have an eye test – you may need glasses, or to update your prescription
- Check the ergonomic set up of your work environment. Ensure your computer monitor is positioned at the correct distance from your eyes
If you’re interested in knowing more about what you can do to care for your sight, take a look at http://www.vision2020australia.org.au/events/world-sight-day. Happy World Sight Day from Lynda at Top Job Coaching!