COVID-Related Computer Eyestrain: Tips for Relief
Dr. J.A. Parker
Dr. J.A. Parker

In a world of online school (kids) and zoom meetings (kids) it is important to know that prolonged use of computers, telephones, and computerized gadgets/games can lead to visual complications known as computer vision syndrome (CVS).

Since COVID, there has been an increase in the amount of screen time for adults and children which means there is an increase in symptoms of eyestrain, and other ocular complications. These symptoms can lead to decreased productivity at work, home, and school. Knowing how to avoid these symptoms is the key to avoiding this condition.

Here are a few steps to help prevent developing Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) during COVID:

Take frequent breaks from digital devices or near work (Rule of 20/20/20 – for every 20 minutes, focus on something 20 feet away for 20 seconds)

Sit 1 ft away from phones and 2 ft away from desktop or laptops

Plan/limit screen time – stop 1-2 hours before bed

Modify your workstation so your hands, neck, and back are not strained

Blink more often to keep your eyes from becoming dry

Encourage outdoor activities for adults and children

Wear blue-light filter and anti-glare glasses when at computers

Don’t let the stress of COVID cause you to also have eye and vision stress. If you are in need of eye care, I invite you to EnVision Eye Care.

321 W. Montgomery

Crossroads, Savannah

For appointments, call (912) 927-0707 and visit us at www.envisionsavannah.com

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