Between smartphones, work computers and other digital devices, its becoming increasingly difficult to avoid blue light exposure and computer vision syndrome (cvs). 43% of adults work at jobs that open them up to increasingly serious threats to their vision, health and productivity.
Computer Vision Syndrome in the Workplace
Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS), also known as digital eye strain, has been shown to have a negative impact on worker productivity. In fact, studies show that those workers that spend two hours or more daily in front of a screen are the most susceptible to experience the symptoms of CVS. Symptoms can include
- blurred vision
- eye strain
- dry, red, irritated eyes
- neck and back pain
The symptoms of CVS have become the most common workplace complaint or injury among workers with 50-90% of computer users reporting symptoms to some degree. Typically the symptoms of CVS are not permanent, but they can have an impact on comfort, productivity and one’s ability to focus.
This is a real issue because workers need to be able to lead healthy comfortable lives while remaining gainfully employed.
Ask Our Eye Doctors in Long Island About Blue Light
Blue light or high-energy visible (HEV) radiation exposure is just another negative aspect of prolonged digital device use. Studies show that blue light exposure will also disrupt your sleep cycle and destroy your ability to remain fresh and attentive to be successful at work. Its important to refrain from using your electronic devices for at least 2 hours before bedtime.
Computer Eyewear and Workspace Ergonomics
Without proper protection for your eyes, the workplace is a danger zone with tons of blue light. There are ways that you can reduce the levels of blue light at work. The simplest way is use proper warm white lighting using coated conventional light bulbs, not LED lighting, will decrease blue light. There are special filtering screens that can be used to cover your computer monitor to filter blue light. Portable devices can be easily filtered by using downloadable filtering apps. Purchasing special eyeglasses like BluTech glasses that feature anti-glare and blue light blocking will greatly reduce your blue light exposure. Optix Family Eyecare has the right pair for you. Make an appointment with our optometrists in Long Island, NY today for an eye exam and consultation.
The 20/20/20 Rule
Filters and computer glasses are not enough. You need to get into a proper routine in order to combat the symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome. Remaining in the same position for an elongated period of time while staring at a lighted screen, will not just cause eye issues, but neck, back and shoulder pain as well.
If you follow a very simple, very effective solution called the 20/20/20 Rule, you will reduce the symptoms of CVS.
Every 20 minutes you spend using your electronic device or staring at any electronic screen, give yourself a 20-second break, and focus your eyes on something at least 20 feet away. This will allow your eyes to rest and focus on objects other than a fixed point in front of you. Take a 15-minute break for every 2 hours of continuous computer use.
These breaks will also help increase your blinking and moisten your eyes. For example, when we focus on a computer screen, we blink our eyes far less than normal. Failure to blink regularly, such as when staring at a computer screen for long periods of time, can cause drying of the eyes. That's why, at the end of the workday, your eyes are tired, red, and irritated.