COMPUTER VISION SYNDROME
Here are our top ten advice points to help protect your eyes against CVS.
Take breaks: Resting your eyes helps keep them moist. Use the 20-20-20 rule, by taking a 20 second screen break every 20 minutes to look at objects 20 feet away from you.
Think bigger: Increase font size when reading on-screen, so that devices don’t need to be too close to your eyes, and you don’t have to squint.
Stay clean: A clean screen boosts visibility. Wipe your screen over at least once a day.
Set screens: Adjust brightness, resolution and contrast for better clarity and comfort. Where possible, avoid using devices in bright sunlight.
Cut reflection: Keep monitors away from windows – and never face a window when using a computer. Consider using an anti-reflection screen for your laptop or computer, and having anti-reflection lenses if you wear spectacles.
Keep blinking: Staring at a screen makes us blink less often, which dries out the eyes. Blinking moistens the eyes, reducing dryness and irritation.
Use Lubricating Drops : Use drops to help keep your eyes moist, especially if you wear contact lenses.
Eat healthy: Omega 3 oils naturally lubricate the eyes, and are found in flaxseed oil and some fish. You can also take them as supplements.
Get tested: Regular eye examinations should find any symptoms of CVS you might be suffering from.
Get advice: If you wear spectacles, check with your optician whether your lenses are right for your computer use.