Modern Eye Disease: Computer Vision Syndrome

We look at a computer screen for at least 7-8 hours a day

Fast city life, the transition to the age of technology, and a busy business life make us spend 7-8 hours a day at the computer. Computers that are constantly used at work throughout the day can be detrimental to eye health if left unattended. Surgeon Dr. Sevgi Tongal drew attention to the importance of raising public awareness of the new types of diseases that may arise from the development of technology: “Computer vision syndrome is a disorder that has emerged in recent years and is generally little known. Our people need to be aware of this problem and take precautions to prevent more serious situations that may arise in the future due to the progression of this disease. CVS is mainly caused by the fact that the eyes and brain react differently to characters written on paper and characters on a computer screen. This causes symptoms of CVS, combined with the fatigue of the muscles that help the eye to focus, and dryness caused by a decrease in the number of blinks while working at the computer”.

Incorrect lighting is also the main enemy of the eyes

Surgeon Dr. Sevgi Tongal states that improperly lit or poorly ventilated rooms can exacerbate symptoms: “Symptoms of CVS include headaches, blurred vision, neck pain, fatigue, eye strain, dryness, double vision, dizziness, polyopia, and difficulty concentrating. People who spend 3 or more hours a day on a computer have a 90% chance of getting this disorder. The most noticeable symptoms are headaches and dry eyes. It is very important to have a comprehensive eye examination to diagnose and treat this disorder”.

Surgeon Dr. Sevgi Tongal spoke about steps that can be taken to prevent CVS: “Frequent opening and closing of the eyes helps prevent dryness by making tears flow well into the eyes. Working in well-lit rooms and focusing on an object at least 6-7 meters away for at least 20 seconds every 20 minutes reduces eye strain. In addition, working while sitting at least half a meter away from the computer screen and wearing computer glasses that your doctor will prescribe after a comprehensive examination will also help to some extent reduce the negative effects of CVS”.

 

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