As society’s enthusiasm for computer usage increases so does the prevalence of computer related health conditions. One such condition is computer vision syndrome – a health condition so common and encompassing that it’s been given a name to fit its cause. Looking into the screen of a computer for multiple hours a day has a significant impact on the eye. From general eyestrain to pain, computer eye strain is the term given to any eye problem directly linked to extensive computer usage.
Similar in nature to carpal tunnel syndrome, computer vision syndrome is largely a repetitive use or stress injury. Common symptoms associated with the condition include blurred vision, double vision, dry eyes, red or irritated eyes, headaches, and neck or back pain. The condition is not linked to any long-term issues, such as cataracts; however, if left untreated, the symptoms can have a negative impact on overall work performance and general well-being.
The cause of computer vision syndrome is easily recognizable – continued computer use. Using a computer requires the continuous focusing of the eyes, constant moving back and forth across the screen, and aligning the sight of vision. All of these tasks require a great deal of effort for the eye muscles, causing the common strain.
Natural Remedies for Computer Eye Strain
While computer vision syndrome typically is not a serious medical concern, it can impede productivity and general comfort. Many natural methods offer relief from pain and prevent further strain. Acupressure is one technique that can offer eye relief. The sides and front of the thumb joints are pressure points related to the eye, so applying pressure to them helps relieve strain. Adjusting the computer and work setting also helps prevent strain. Lowering the computer screen and adjusting the screen brightness are two simple ways to prevent computer eye strain and improve productivity when working on the computer regularly.
Continue reading to learn tips from Earth Clinic readers who have alleviated eye strain with various techniques or remedies!