Most Americans Experience Digital Eye Strain from Overexposure to Computers
~ Colorado Optometric Association Shares Five Simple Steps to Relieve Digital Eye Strain at Work ~
The average U.S. worker spends seven hours a day on the computer either in the office or working from home and the American Optometric Association’s (AOA) 2015 American Eye-Q™ survey reports that 58 percent of adults have experienced digital eye strain or vision problems as a direct result.
Symptoms of digital eye strain, also known as computer vision syndrome, include eyestrain, headaches, blurred vision, dry eyes and neck and shoulder pain. The Colorado Optometric Association, in recognition of Save Your Vision Month in March, encourages both employees and employers to make eye health a priority. The five tips below can be easily implemented in most office spaces:
1. Follow the 20-20-20 rule: Take a 20-second break, every 20 minutes and view something 20 feet away.
2. Keep a distance: The COA recommends sitting a comfortable distance from the computer monitor where you can easily read all text with your head and torso in an upright posture and your back supported by your chair. Generally, the preferred viewing distance is between 20 and 28 inches from the eye to the front surface of the screen.
3. View from a different angle: Ideally, the computer screen should be 15 to 20 degrees, or about 4 to 5 inches, below eye level as measured from the center of the screen.
4. Decrease glare: While there is no way to completely minimize glare from light sources, consider using a glare filter. These filters decrease the amount of light reflected from the screen.
5. Blink often: Minimize your chances of developing dry eyes when using a computer by making an effort to blink frequently.
“As more people spend their days at work on a computer and their free time on handheld devices, doctors of optometry are seeing more patients who are experiencing digital eye strain,” said Sean Claflin, O.D., president of the COA. “The problem can be relieved by taking simple steps. Just looking away from the computer for brief periods of time throughout the day can help with discomfort and long term eye problems.”
If you think you are experiencing digital eye strain, schedule an appointment with a doctor of optometry. To find one nearby or for additional information on eye health in the workplace, please visit www.visioncare.org.
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About the Colorado Optometric Association (COA):
The Colorado Optometric Association (COA) is the professional organization of optometrists in Colorado. Over 600 Colorado Doctors of Optometry are voluntary members of the Association.
Since 1892, the COA has assisted its members in providing the highest standard of professional care to their patients by sponsoring continuing education programs for doctors, advocating in local and state governments for programs and laws that represent patients’ best interests, and providing information for the public. For more information, please visit www.visioncare.org or call 303-863-9778.
About the American Eye-Q™ survey:
The tenth annual American Eye-Q™ survey was created and commissioned in conjunction with Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates (PSB). From February 19 – March 4, 2015, PSB conducted 1,000 online interviews among Americans 18 years and older who embodied a nationally representative sample of the U.S. general population. (Margin of error is plus or minus 3.10 percentage points at a 95% confidence level)