Spending extended periods of time in front of a computer screen can have a number of effects on your vision and one of these conditions is known as computer vision syndrome. Computer vision syndrome affects 90 per cent of those who spend three or more hours in front of a computer screen on a daily basis.
Although the invention of the computer has radically revolutionised the workplace, the majority of modern jobs require spending protracted periods of time working with a computer which increases the risk of suffering an accident at work such as computer vision syndrome.
What are the symptoms of computer vision syndrome?
Computer vision syndrome can have a number of unpleasant effects which are not just limited to your vision. These include fatigue, dry eyes, irritated eyes, double vision, nausea and vomiting, eye strain and difficulty focussing.
Are the effects of computer vision syndrome permanent?
Thankfully in the majority of cases, the effects of computer vision syndrome, whilst extremely unpleasant, are temporary.
What can I do to relieve the symptoms of computer vision syndrome?
The simplest and most effective way to relieve the symptoms of computer vision syndrome is by taking regular breaks from your computer. Go for a short walk to stretch your legs as not only will the fresh air help to relieve the symptoms of computer vision syndrome, but has the added benefit of reducing the chances of developing a repetitive strain injury from spending extended period of time sitting in one position.
Other ways to relieve computer vision syndrome include ensuring adequate lighting at your desk or workstation and fitting a protective screen over your monitor, which can help to reduce glare which may exacerbate the symptoms.
Claiming compensation for computer vision syndrome
Your employer is required by law to ensure a reasonable standard of health and safety in the workplace. If you have developed computer vision syndrome as a result of your work within the last three years, and it wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
You can speak in confidence with one of our highly-trained advisers who will inform you if you could be entitled to make 100 per cent no-win no-fee* claim for work accident compensation. The majority of our claims are settled outside of court, meaning many of our clients will not have to face their current or former employer in court.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline today on Freephone number 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice