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Office workers are often required to work in front of a computer screen or gadget for a long time. This can cause impaired eye he alth, among other things due to tired eyes
Problems that appear in the eyes due to the use of computers or gadgets are known as computer vision syndrome (CVS). This condition refers to a series of eye fatigue symptoms that occur due to the habit of staring at a computer screen for a long time.
Various Symptoms of Tired Eyes
The eye muscles will work harder when you stare at the computer screen. This is because there is a constant change in focus as the image, text, or movement on the screen increases. A person who stares at a computer screen also tends to blink less than usual, which makes the eyes dry more easily.
The light from the monitor, the color of the text that contrasts with the background color of the computer, as well as the number of blinks from the computer screen will add to the burden on the eyes. This is what causes the eyes to get tired faster
When you experience tired eyes, you will feel the initial symptoms in the form of red eyes and blurry or ghosted vision. Apart from that, you may also feel other symptoms which include:
- Double vision and eyes are more sensitive to bright light
- Dry eyes, as if something is stuck or burning
- Headache and discomfort in the neck or back area (tension headache)
- Eyes tend to have difficulty focusing when looking from one object to another
How to Prevent Tired Eyes
To prevent CVS from happening, you can adopt some good habits to protect your eyes. These habits include:
- Leave about 60–65 cm or at least an arm's length between the computer screen and your face.
- Make sure the center of the screen forms an angle of about 10-15⁰ under the eyes by adjusting the workbench.
- Understand the 20-20-20 rule, which is every 20 minutes look at an object 20 feet (6 meters) away for 20 seconds.
- Stop looking at the computer screen for 15 minutes after staring at the screen for 2 hours.
- Try to blink more often and use eye drops containing artificial tears if your eyes feel dry.
- Do not look at the computer screen in a dark room because the computer light that appears can become brighter.
- Do regular eye exams at least once a year if you often stare at the computer screen for hours a day.
- If you wear contact lenses, try to replace them with glasses every now and then. The use of contact lenses can be a risk factor that adds to dry eyes.
You can also prevent eye fatigue by changing the settings on your computer or gadget. The method is as follows:
- Set the text size to be bigger
- Balance the light of the gadget with the light around it
- Increase the contrast on the gadget screen.
- Lowering the color temperature on the gadget screen
- Reducing the light intensity of gadgets by using a screen filter
Apply the above habits to the maximum so that your eye he alth can be maintained even if you have to stare at the computer screen or gadget for a long time. Consult an ophthalmologist if your eye fatigue does not improve after resting or occurs repeatedly.
dr. Dian Hadiany Rahim, SpM