Computer Vision

Computers have allowed many great luxuries and technological advances in recent history, and in many ways have made our lives easier. For those who work on computers for extended periods of the day, however, can develop a condition known as Computer Vision Syndrome.

Computer Vision Syndrome consists of eyestrain, headaches, dry eyes, and/or focusing problems expreienced during working on a computer. These issues occur because the eyes are required to focus on an up close object and remain "locked" into focus for extended periods. This focusing is done by the muscles in and around the eye, and muscle fatigue accounts for the majority of the symptoms of computer vision syndrome (imagine how tired your muscles would become if you had to hold a five or ten pound weight over your head all day!)

Proper computer vision consists of preventing this muscle fatigue. Proper monitor placement, computer glasses, and frequent "focusing breaks" can help to prevent eyestrain.

A good rule to follow while working on the computer is: every 20 minutes, allow your eyes to relax focus by looking at a distant object for 20 seconds. This is referred to as the 20/20 rule and is a good start at prevnting computer vision syndrome.

Additional information may be found in the articles below.

Computer Monitor Placement

Computer Monitor Settings

Computer Glasses