Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) which is also known as computer eye strain or digital eye strain describes a group of eye and vision – related problems that emanates from prolonged computer, tablet, e – reader and cell or mobile phone use.
Digital eye strain is very common. The using of digital devices for a long time contribute to the increase of ‘computer related’ ocular symptoms called computer vision syndrome. According to research around 75% of the population are working in front of a screen for 6 to 9 hours per day. Complains of some ocular discomfort office – based studies have shown the prevalence of Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) to be higher in women than men but similar between contact lens and spectacle wearers.
In this article I will be analyzing the symptoms, causes, types of dry eye, risk factors, prevention and natural remedies for computer vision syndrome.
Here’s something YOU and I can both agree on…
This article will enable YOU to know:
- The meaning of Digital eye strain or computer vision syndrome.
- It noticeable signs or symptoms.
- What causes computer vision syndrome.
- Kinds of dry eye.
- Factors that increases your chances of digital eye strain.
- How it can be prevented and
- NATURAL REMEDIES.
The common symptoms associated with computer vision syndrome (CVS) or Digital Eye Strain are:
- Eye strain.
- Dry eyes.
- Neck and shoulders related to the eye tension.
- Blurry vision.
- Eye fatigue.
- Double vision.
- Eye itching.
These symptoms may be caused by:
- Blinking less than normal.
- Poor lighting.
- Uncorrected vision problems.
- Glare on a digital screen.
- Poor seating posture.
- Improper viewing distances; either to close or too far away and
- A combination of the factors mentioned above.
However, several people who stare intently at what they’re working on do not blink enough and this appears to be very common cause of dry eye and eye strain among those who who use bright digital displays. The average healthy eye should blink 15 times per minutes but people who use computers or laptops are likely to blink as third as often while they’re working.
Reading, writing or performing close activities such as sewing can also lead to eye strain but computer vision syndrome is unique in both causes and daily impact. With smaller, portable screens being used more often, you may add more strain to your eye, head, neck and shoulders by viewing tablets or phones at uncomfortable angles.
Here’s the interesting part…
TYPES OF DRY EYES
Dry eyes is a multifactorial disease of the ocular surface characterized by a loss of homeostasis of the tear film and accompanied by ocular symptoms in which tear film instability and hyperosmolarity ocular surface inflammation, damage and neurosensory abnormalities play aetiological roles.
Types of Dry Eyes
These types of dry eye disease can occur individually or in combination:
(a) Evaporation Dry Eye:It is associated with an insufficient oily layer in the tear film, which can occur when Mei bomian glands are damaged. Around 80% of patients with dry eye disease are affected by this type.
(b) Aqueous Deficient Dry Eye: It happen when the lacrimal glands do not have enough watery component of tears to maintain a healthy eye surface.
Moreso, the extent to which individuals experience visual symptoms often depends on the level of their visual abilities and the amount of time spent looking at a digital screen. Uncorrected vision problems such as far sightedness and astigmatism, inadequate eye focusing or eye coordination abilities and aging changes of the eyes like presbyopia can all contribute to the development of visual symptoms when using a computer or digital screen device.
These are the Problems…
YOU may be at higher risk of digital eye strain if YOU:
- Spend many hours every day using a computer or digital device
- Are too close to your computer or digital screen device
- View your computer or digital device from the wrong angle.
- Have thyroid disease or certain autoimmune diseases, you may be at higher chances of suffering from dry eye.
- Have eye problems (even minor ones) not corrected with glasses or contact lenses.
- Have a pair of glasses that’s not suitable for viewing your computer distance.
You won’t believe what we discovered…
Eye strain can be prevented by observance of 20 – 20 – 20 Rule creating a better work environment that include:
(a) Every 20 minutes, look into the distance at least 20 feet away from the computer or digital device, for at least 20 seconds.
(b) Rest your eyes at least 15 minutes after 2 hours each of computer or digital device use.
(c) Enlarge the text on your computer screen or digital device.
(d) Minimize glare from the light sources in your environment.
(e) Always remember to blink.
(f) Place your digital or computer about 20 to 28 inches from your eye.
(g) Think about using glare filter.
(h) Place your screen so that the center of it, is about 4 to 5 inches below eye level (about 15 to 20 degrees from horizontal).
If the prevention methods are not enough and you are not sure you have the correct prescription for glasses or contact lenses, you may need to ask about specific lenses for glasses that reduce the amount of blue light from computer screens that hits your eyes, that can reduce eye strain, improve sleep because it doesn’t impact the cicadian rhythm as much after dark.
If YOU follow your OPTOMETRIST instructions and have made lifestyle changes to manage digital eye strain or computer vision syndrome but you’re still struggling with pain, blurry vision and dry eye, you may need to undergo visual therapy called vision training which is a program structured to teach you routines and exercises to improve your visual abilities, especially while you are at work. Also, drinking 8 to 10 glasses of water per day will help you to hydrate your system and reduce dry eye problems.
So what’s the solution?
Do consult your DOCTOR for proper diagnosis and treatment of this condition. Use natural remedies just as an adjunct treatment.
Computer Vision Syndrome or Digital Eye Strain Natural Remedies
(1) COCONUT OIL (Kuramai kwee in Tiv; Ori kokodia in Urhobo; Ano ipari, Ano ipali in Idoma; Mmanu Aki beke in Igbo; Adi agbon in Yoruba; Mai Allayadi in Hausa) To dry eyes, it is important to massage the eye lids in other to enhance blood circulation and allow muscles around your eyes to relax. Drop few Coconut oil on your finger tips. Rub the oil gently on your eye lids and massage for minutes. After this place your palms over your eyes lids and cover it immediately for some minutes. Do not rinse away the absorbed oil. Do it three times a day.
(2) TOMATO : Dip cotton ball in Tomato pulp. Rub it over your eyes for adequate lubrication. Do not wash or rinse away the accumulated pulp of the Tomato pulp. Do it 2 times a day.
(3) ROSE WATER : functions as a relaxer for strained and tired eyes that result in poor formation of tear. Dab a cotton ball in Rose Water and apply gently over your eye lid to prevent or mansges dry eyes. Allow the water to remain on your eyes for 10 minutes. Do it 3 times a day.
(4) IPOMOEA BATATA (Sweet potato in English; Duku in Nupe; Iyan ebo in Edo; Dudu pure, Kuudaku in Fula-Fulfulde; Kuwunduwu, Dangura in Kanuri; Bia m bakara in Efik; Beke buru in Ijo-Izon; Imitata in Urhobo; Ediam-umani in Ibibio; Atsaka, Atiaka in Tiv; Dankali dorawa in Hausa; Dankal in Berom; Ogenghe in Idoma; Ji-beke, Ji-nwa nnu, Oi – bekee in Igbo; Ananmon, Kukun duku, Oduku in Yoruba) Sweet Potatoes contains amazing amounts of antioxidants that provide cooling effect that hydrate the eyes and provide relief from dry eyes. Obtain sweet potato and wash it thoroughly. Crush the raw sweet potato together with it skin. Close your eyes and place them on it for 10 minutes before bedtime. After that rinse it away with plain or clean water. You may add boiled or roasted potatoes in your diet also.
(5) FENUGREEK SEEDS (Hulba in Hausa; Ukpo Idooma in Idoma; Eso Ewedu in Yoruba; Atiavi in Tiv; Ahenhen, Ahihiara in Igbo) soak Fenugreek seeds in water overnight. Grind the soaked seeds to form thick paste in the morning. Apply the thick paste over your eyes, after 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse it away with clean water. Do it 2 times a day.
(6) FLAXSEEDS:is rich in Omega-3 fatty acid and is effective in treating dry eyes. Take 1 tablespoon of Flaxseeds powder once a day.
OR: Soak 1 tablespoon of Flaxseeds I cold water for 30 minutes. Chew the soaked seeds and drink the water in which the seeds was soaked upon it. Do it once a day.
OR: You can take 1000 mg of Flaxseeds gel once a day for 7 days.
(7) GREEN CABBAGE : contain VITAMIN C and E and antioxidants such as Zeaxanthin and Lutein that protect the retina from ultraviolet light and very vital for vision health. Add 1 or 2 fresh Green Cabbage in your diet daily.
Or: You may chew it or take it in juice form.
(8) YOGURT : especially plain or unsweetened yogurt is rich in VITAMIN B and D that makes it helpful in treating dry eye syndrome. Drink a cup of Yogurt once a day.
(9) APPLES : Are rich in Flavonoids compound and antioxidants phytonutrient that reduces free radicals on the eyes and prevent different eyes related problems. Eat an Apple a day.
(10) CARROTS:is rich in Beta carotene and Lutein that is beneficial for overall health of the eye. Include Carrots in your diet.
Or: You may consume Carrot in juice form.
(11) INDIAN GOOSEBERRY : Take 1 tablespoon of Indian Gooseberry powder with water on an empty stomach in the morning before breakfast.
(12) BEETS or BEET ROOTS : is rich in Lutein and Zeaxanthin that aid in promoting healthy vision. Include Beets or Beet roots in your diet.
(13) STRAWBERRY:It is a sweet red heart shaped fruit that prevent or manages dry eye condition. It is rich in antioxidants such as flavonoids, phenolic phytochemicals and ellagic acid. You can prepare tea infusion of Strawberry Leaves. Drink 200 ml two times a day.
Or: You can chew fresh Strawberry Leaves.
Or: You may add Strawberry fruit or leaves in your diet.
(14) CUCUMBER : Cut 1 chilled piece of Cucumber into round slices. Chilled Cucumber numbs the dry sensation in the sufferer eyes. Place them on the closed eyes for 15 minutes. Do it twice daily.
(15) FIGS (Farin baure in Hausa; Eso Opoto in Yoruba) Cut 2 Figs into slices and put them in a cup of water for 7 to 8 hours. Eat the sliced figs and drink the water in which the figs was soaked upon it. Do it everyday to manage vision related ailments.
We diligently research and continuesly update our information. Please let us know if you find any error(s).
Thank YOU for reading!
Follow us on social media