Long Hours Can Be Tough on the Eyes
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May 18, 2012
Middletown, NY — Americans are known for spending long hours in the office, and their eyes often pay the price. In recognition of Healthy Vision Month, the ophthalmologists at Hudson Valley Ambulatory Surgery offer simple tips for keeping eyes healthy at work.
“Many people suffer from a problem called computer vision syndrome,” says Severin B. Palydowycz, MD at Hudson Valley Ambulatory Surgery, LLC. “As a result of looking at a computer screen during hours at the office as well as at home, they can develop a combination of eyestrain, headaches, blurred vision, and dry eyes.”
Computer vision syndrome is caused by several different factors, not just the computer screen. Poor lighting, glare, inadequate breaks, the wrong chair, improper positioning of the keyboard, and other aspects of the office environment all can contribute to eye discomfort. Dr. Palydowycz points out that unrelated and untreated common vision problems such as farsightedness and aging of the eyes can make symptoms worse.
“The good news is that computer vision syndrome can be treated with simple changes to an office environment,” notes Dr. Palydowycz.
Dr. Palydowycz offers the following simple suggestions:
- Adjust overhead, desk and window lighting, shades, and computer screen position to control glare.
- Position the computer screen 4 to 5 inches below eye level and about 20 to 28 inches away.
- Adjust the contrast and brightness on your screen and change font size so that type is easy to read.
- If possible, locate documents where you can see them without moving your head away from the screen.
- Consider getting glasses specifically for computer and desk work.
- Follow the 20-minute rule – for every 20 minutes of screen time, look away at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds to relax your eyes.
- Blink often.
The ophthalmologists at Hudson Valley Ambulatory Surgery remind people to see a doctor if their eye problems continue or worsen after they’ve made improvements in their office environment.
Hudson Valley Ambulatory Surgery, LLC, is located at 75 Crystal Run Road, Suite 225, Middletown, NY 10941. For additional information, please call 845-692-9900. Dr. Palydowycz can also be reached by visiting www.tristateeye.com or by calling 845-703-2020.