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How does the computer affect your eyesight?

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Do you Experience?

  • Headaches
  • Focusing or double vision
  • Blurry or double vision
  • Tired eyes
  • Burning eyes
  • Dry eyes
  • Light sensitivity
  • Neck pain

In order to improve your understanding of these visual problems in front of the computer we use the term computer vision syndrome.

The elements of working at a computer make the following visual demands
Saccadic eye movements (ocular motility)
Continuous eye focusing (accommodation)
Alignment (vergence) demand

  • Problems occur when visual demands of the task exceed abilities of the individual to comfortably perform the task.


Suggestions that can help reduce some of the effects:

  • Make sure your work station is correctly structured
  • Proper lighting can reduce eyestrain and glare
  • Take a 10-15 minute break every one hour to reduce eyestrain
  • Computer glasses can be prescribed, and designed to be worn when working on the computer according to your refractive status.

These special-purpose glasses are prescribed specifically to reduce eye strain and give you the most comfortable vision at your computer at the specific distance the computer is situated.

  • Anti –reflective coating on the lenses of the spectacles will reduce the glare coming at you from the computer and from behind you e.g. direct sunlight reflecting onto the computer, or artificial light glare that causes eye strain.