In a recent study by the Nielsen Company, the company reported that Americans spend nearly half of their day (approximately 12 hours) in front of a screen. Whether it’s from watching television, working on a computer, using mobile phones or even playing video games, a large number of children, as well as a growing number of adults, are exposed to much-prolonged screen time. This begs the question, how does all this affect your eyesight? Could this be a factor why more and more young ones need eyeglasses comparatively earlier than in recent years?
Computer Vision Syndrome
Looking for too long at a screen has been well-documented to have lasting consequences on your eyesight. In fact, the American Optometric Association has even given it a name: Computer Vision Syndrome or CVS. The constant exposure to glare and low-contrast screens forces your eyes to strain harder than normal function. Like any other part of your body, too much strenuous activity can cause fatigue to your eyesight. If you’re experiencing symptoms, such as reddening, dry eyes and neck and shoulder pain, ask your eye doctor about treatments for CVS.
Avoiding Eye Problems
Remember the 20-20-20 rule whenever you’re facing a screen. This means for every 20 minutes of screen time, look at a point 20 feet away for about 20 seconds. This allows your eyes to rest in between long periods of strain. Adjust your computer monitors to have high contrast settings, and avoid gaming in the dark or with too much ambient lighting. As always, moderation is the key to keeping your eyes healthy, especially when it comes to working with digital screens.
Protect your eyes from the harmful effects of video games with the help of our doctors at Northern Virginia Doctors of Optometry, your number one provider of eye care, prescription lenses and low vision therapy. Give us a call at (703) 467-9080, or fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation and request a free estimate today. Our services are available in Reston and in all nearby areas in Virginia.