2014 Health Observances Blog Series: Workplace Eye Wellness

Could you be suffering from Computer Vision Syndrome?

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March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month, a great reminder that your eyes can be vulnerable to many different elements found in the workplace. One major cause of concern is Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) which, according to Cornell University, is the number one cause of complaints from office workers. The American Optometric Association reports that 50 to 90 percent of computer users experience visual symptoms associated with CVS, making this issue more common than Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

CVS is caused by poor edge definition on computer screen images that can result in a repetitive refocusing effort for the eye muscles and a prolonged near focus effort. Symptoms of CVS include eyestrain, eye fatigue, dry eye, light sensitivity, blurred vision, headaches and double vision.

CVS can be reduced and managed with several simple remedies. Computer glasses, for example, can increase visual comfort and improve productivity, especially for visually demanding tasks. Rearranging your work space to create better ergonomics may also significantly reduce eyestrain and permit greater efficiency. Know the symptoms of CVS and talk to your eye doctor during your annual eye exam so you receive the care you need. 

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