Charles Babbage never would have thought that his invention would bring the biggest storm in our lives. Rapid inventions in technological field have made us connected to the world more than ever before. The traditional pen and paper on our desk have been replaced by computers, laptops and tablets. Technology has seeped into our life at such an extent that even our children glued to mobile phones and tabs. Books have been replaced by kindle or tablets and social gatherings are happening on social network.
Internet has created a virtual world for us where we are spending more time than we spend in the real world. Though internet has made our lives easier and everything is just a click away but it has its repercussions as well. Computer Vision Syndrome is one such side effect which is quite common amongst those who spend most of their time in front of a digital screen which include, computers, laptops, mobile phones or tabs.
Computer Vision Syndrome is referred to a condition where continuous use of computer starts affecting your eyes leading to:
- Blurred Vision
- Dry Eyes
- Neck and Shoulder Pain
Sometimes, you may have to consult your eye-specialist who may advise restricted time in front of the computer screen, some eye drops, exercise or in some cases antiglare eyeglasses as well.
Aakash Healthcare Super Speciality Hospital’s Ophthalmology department focuses on enlightening patients about eye care and how to prevent damage to the eye. In case of Computer Vision Syndrome, our doctors offer multi-disciplinary treatment.
We also instruct and advise patients suffering from computer vision syndrome to follow the tips on how to sit in front of the computer and also recommend restricted use of digital screens at night. The general tips are:
- Make sure that the computer at your desk is aligned at a level of 15-20 degrees below the eye level when measured from the center of the screen.
- If you are typing from a paper or document, you must ensure that the paper is not lying on the table. It should be kept in front of your eyes so that you do not have to move your head. This will avoid any strain on neck and head.
- The light should not be directed towards your eyes.
- There are computers available with antiglare screen which results in less stress on the eyes.
- Your chair and the sitting position can affect you adversely if not chosen well. It may also result in deformation of your spine leading to unbearable pain.
- To avoid dry eye syndrome do not forget to blink frequently while working on a computer.