What is Computer Vision Syndrome?

computer vision syndrome symptomThe popular press coined the phrase computer vision syndrome, although medical and scientific logs and journals will avoid this phrase, as they merely mark it down as eyestrain by staring at some thing too long. The medical term for this condition is known as asthenopia.

The symptoms can include dry eyes and headaches. At this time researchers are trying to pinpoint what exactly is the direct relation to the condition known to many as asthenopia. They are trying to determine what the symptoms exactly are and how they come about when it comes to these issues of the eye. Many factors can indeed promote this problem not excluding work habits and age, or the use of contacts or glasses. It may be as simple as adjusting your work habits.

Eye complaints with workplace lighting

While working with or in close proximity to a computer, many reflective surfaces may affect how a screen is viewed. Concentration on visuals is key and generally the first step to take while trying to strengthen your focusing. Try this sit straight up with your back and beck erect yet not to the point it has stiffened every few minutes adjust your posture.

Try to direct your attention to the end of your nose and remain as long as you can without blinking. Now close your eyes and relax. Try to set attention and focus the center of your brow, known as your third eye, without blinking.

Close our eyes and keep the third eye focused in that direction towards the end of your nose, this may very well be uncomfortable at first but you will get use to it. Try to calm yourself and relax, the more practice you do the better you will get.

Next you could try to direct your attention on your left shoulder with your eyes, not your head just your eyes. Stay in this position for as long as possible. Now do the same with right shoulder and remain as long as you can this will train your eyes to handle strains and be better equipped to deal with them in everyday situations.

Take a break and put your hands over your closed eyes to relieve straining and rest for a moment. This will in turn give your eyes a natural work out and build muscles in the back of the eyes to control stresses.

Here are some tips to find better comfort at your workstation and computer


The biggest myth of lighting is that you need a lot of it to see appropriately, but this is not the case. What you need is an even distribution of the light source having equal brightness all around you. The most offensive discomfort to the eye is bright lighting or bright windows.

The best method of telling if the lighting is the cause of your discomfort shield your eyes with one hand like a rim on a baseball hat if you find relief immediately you have just found the source of your eye strains.

Here are some tips to control the lighting

( Try using drapes or blinds on the windows as this will reduce glare

During the day the blinds can be drawn allowing light to enter the room without having the light directly in your eyes.

( Consider rearranging the room so that your workstation is not in the direct source of bright light, of course you must take other people that you work with into consideration.

( Use low wattage auxiliary lamp bulbs and ensure the light is not directed on the computer screen or in your eyes. Do not place lighting on any documents you are using for reference as this makes them bright and strains the eyes.

Screen Reflections

By decreasing the visibility of your text on the screen the contrast is washed out with reflection. Try placing a file folder on top of the monitor with a small lip overhanging almost like a light baffle. This in turn could shield the screen from offensive light sources. If you have noticed the clarity of contrast and text, the light was directly related to the problem.

( It is best to use a light background with darker text as this offers fewer glares and will not strain the eyes.

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