CVS Computer Vision Syndrome is a new age disease that has crept up on us due to the onslaught of digital screens in our life. It refers to the strain the eyes feel due to hours of looking at computer monitors, TV screens, mobile screen, tablets, etc. The more hours you are hooked to the screen, more strain it causes to your eyes. In this article, we will try to explain different symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome, causes and potential remedies that can mitigate the problem.
Do your eyes feel tired after a day of work looking at a monitor? When people spend hours at a stretch looking at their screens, the eyes get tired, just like a muscle that is held in one position for too long. To avoid straining your eyes, take a break every twenty minutes. Stand up from your chair and focus your vision on distant objects. This helps flex your eye muscles. If you feel too tired, wash your eyes with cold water and take a 10-minute break from all screens.
Apart from a strained eye, you may also suffer from neck and shoulder pain due to looking at the monitor from the same position. If not corrected, strained eyes could lead to headaches, poor sleep and even dry eyes. Some people find it difficult to focus or get a blurry vision as a result of the continuous eye strain.
Poor lighting, glare from the screen and a bad chair can make the problem worse. Ensure your work area is well lit and get a chair with a good back support. Reduce screen glare by using the right tilt and use a blue filter if needed.
With the growing popularity of virtual reality, Computer Vision Syndrome has become a bigger problem for the younger generation. Apart from eye strain, VR headsets may cause nausea, vertigo and even motion sickness when the devices are not used as per recommendation. Although none of the problems are permanent, and they typically go away when you stop using the device, symptoms like motion sickness can continue to bother you even after you take off the headset.
VR industry is working hard to eliminate the health concerns arising due to the usage of virtual reality headsets. Just like eye strain from TV and monitors can be avoided by taking some precautions, VR related health issues can also be avoided by following the health recommendations suggested by the manufacturer.
Here are the simple tips to avoid Computer Vision Syndrome while using VR headsets.
- Do not play for more than 30 minutes at a time. In the beginning, take a break every five minutes. Walk around and regain your bearing.
- Adjust the lenses to meet the specific needs of your eyes. If this step is not done correctly, you may experience vertigo.
- Choose a slow speed for your main character and do not make any rapid movements within VR.
- Do not use VR if you are sleepy, or tired or under the influence of medication, drugs or alcohol.
- Use low brightness and contrast settings.