What is computer vision syndrome and how do you cure it?

Computer Vision Syndrome sounds a lot cooler than it really is. In my mind, I pictured someone accidentally falling into a server room, being electrocuted and having their DNA spliced with the motherboard of a super computer. As a result they can operate computers with their mind. In reality, it’s not nearly as fun or inventive as that (high-fives self).

Have you got an office job? Do you spend the majority of your day staring at a screen while subconsciously tensing every muscle in your body? If so, you just unknowingly boarded the direct train to computer vision syndrome.. town. Okay not my best turn of phrase but headaches, blurry eyes and sore necks are all part of what the kids called CVS.

The Guardian, admitting their alarmist fact choice, bring to light some research that suggests that Computer Vision Syndrome is the “Number one occupational hazard of the 21st century“. It’s compounded by the fact that we leave work, stare at our phones on the way home and then open our laptops or switch on the TV until we fall sleep. Madness!

So what’s the play here? Just wait this out until our eyes shrink into the back of our heads? Our eyes do hurt because words of a screen are constructed of pixels that have bright centres and blurred edges. Our eyes are constantly focusing and readjusting to keep up with dynamic shifts of a computer screen,

It’s advised to use the 20-20-20 rule to combat eye fatigue at work. You should take a 20 second break every 20 minutes and focus on an object or area 20ft from your computer. This will moisten your eyes and lessen the strain.

However, if you don’t necessarily stare at screens for prolonged periods of time and still suffer CVS, it might be down to how you’re sitting. You should keep your screen about 10 cm below eye level and 50 cm away from your face. Stay safe, kids.