Computer Vision Syndrome: Why you should take a break even when you work from Home
Experts are warned that work from home(WFH), and pandemic online classes, have contributed to increased computer vision syndrome (CVS) incidents and/or digital eye pressure.
Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, we spend more time on a computer screen than ever before. Dependence on gadgets increasingly hits our eyes whether it be for work, entertainment or being associated with friends and peers in the middle of the pandemic.
Work from Home(WFH) and online classes are critical in curbing the spread of viral infection, but these new normal conditions have resulted in an increased incident with CCS or digital eye strain, admonished experts. Experts have warned.
CVS is a new form of the disease that started taking shape when more people started to work for long hours before computer screens, reported IANS eye experts at a webinar organised by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM).
According to Dr. G.V. Divakar, Managing Director of the Divakar Speciality Hospital (Divakar Specialty Hospital) and Asian Research & Training Center for Skil Transmission, the use of online devices like phones and laptops increased by nearly 75% during a pandemic.
Check out Computer Vision Syndrome Symptoms
The syndrome of computer vision (CVS) is not a certain problem. It comprises several eye problems caused by hour-long gazing on computer screens. It was estimated that at least some CVS symptoms occur between 50% and 90% of those who work on a computer screen.
It can lead to symptoms such as blurred vision, double eyesight, dry and red eyes, eye discomfort, head or back pain, trouble focusing and others, there is no evidence that normal computer usage causes long-term harm to the eyes. Your work performance can also be impaired by computer vision syndrome.
If you take too long to display the screen, the blinking rate decreases, causing your eyes to dry out regularly and blur your vision at work. Moreover, when you work on a screen your eyes must focus and re-orientate, and your eye muscles need a lot of effort. In addition, the screen adds contrast, flickering and lightning. Both of these will leave the eyes strained and generate an uncomfortable feeling.
Expert tips to avoid Computer Vision Syndrome
Dr. G.V. Divakar suggested during this seminar that CVS should not be established, but that the screen length, screen resolution and even the use of supplements such as eye drops should be reduced.
According to him, a maximum of 30-35 minutes should be a typical screen time in the end. Teachers should take lessons for a 30 to 35-minute duration to prevent children from developing CVS and offer a 15-minute break before they start again.
In addition, the experts have proposed a 20-20-20 law to prevent CVS effects for home employees.
Dr. Saurabh Choudhry, ICARE Eye Hospital and PG Institute CEO and HOD, advises skilled people to take a break for about 20 seconds every 20 minutes, looking at about 20 metres away. This relaxes the muscles and improves the circulation of the blood to the eyes, neck and back.
In addition, the room lighting, body posture, computer screen quality should also be taken care of, he says.
In addition, the participants recommended that parents take eye tests with their children one year after their birth.
In India, cataract, a totally reversible condition, is the largest cause of blindness. The panellists, including Dr Mahipal Singh Sachdev, President of the All India Ophthalmological Society, therefore stressed the importance of greater understanding of the conditions of the eye.
They also noted that COVID-19 should not be delayed and patients take all precautions to keep patients and caregivers safe. Their eye care centres also take all precautions.