Did you know that everyday choices and activities can impact your overall eye health? As the global leader in eye care, Alcon has been striving to enhance patients’ sight and improve lives around the world for the past 70 years and counting. This year, Alcon is continuing its goal of educating patients by celebrating World Sight Day and shining a light on common eye conditions, encouraging you to “Make Vision Count” all year round.
One way to you can “Make Vision Count” every day is by paying attention to how your choices and activities can affect your vision. For example, if you find yourself with red, irritated eyes, or are dealing with a headache or neck pain at the end of the day, your smartphone or computer screen may be the culprit. You might be suffering from a common condition called computer vision syndrome (CVS), which affects many people in the U.S. and globally. CVS is a group of eye and vision-related problems that result from prolonged fixation of the eyes on screens such as computers, tablets, cell phones, TVs, etc.1 And with people spending more and more time with screens in their everyday lives, CVS is becoming more prevalent.
Globally, people log an average of 7 hours of screen time per day.2 This is not something that is happening only with adults – the average child spends 7.75 hours a day on media and technology, but because a child’s eyes and visual system are less developed, large amounts of screen time can cause CVS symptoms that they do not always recognize.3
Here’s how you can prevent CVS4:
Sit an arm’s length from the computer screen
Use a matte screen protector to reduce glare
Take short breaks every 20 minutes
Adjust screen brightness
Limit screen time as much as possible, especially for children
Get outdoors to take in natural light
This World Sight Day, take the time to make an appointment with your eye doctor if you notice you or someone you love exhibiting symptoms of CVS. To learn more about this condition, check out this infographic. What you do to protect your eyes all year round matters.