Staring at a computer screen for a protracted period of time can affect your vision in a number of ways. In fact there is a condition known as computer vision syndrome which describes these very symptoms.
The symptoms of computer vision syndrome include headaches, blurred vision, neck pain, redness in the eyes, fatigue, dry eyes, irritated eyes, double vision, nausea & vomiting, eye strain and difficulty focussing.
How do the symptoms of computer vision syndrome develop?
As a fact of modern-day life, many people spend extended periods of time in front of a computer screen. A study conducted in the USA by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health found that computer vision syndrome vision affects 90 per cent of those who spend more than three hours a day in front of a computer screen.
The symptoms can be exacerbated by glare from a background light, improper lighting conditions, or even the flow of air from a ventilation duct above a workstation.
Are the effects of computer vision syndrome permanent?
In the vast majority of cases, the effects of computer syndrome are thankfully temporary. However this doesn’t mean that it is not an extremely unpleasant condition to deal with. The above mentioned symptoms can have a serious knock-on effect on your productivity and can significantly increase stress levels, which in turn can seriously affect your family and social life.
How can I treat the symptoms of computer vision syndrome?
The easiest and most effective way to treat the negative effects of computer vision syndrome is to take regular breaks from your computer or workstation. Not only can this help to treat the symptoms of computer vision syndrome but it can also help reduce the chances of suffering a repetitive strain injury.
Your employer should carry out a risk assessment as to how they can improve ergonomics in the workplace, such as fitting a glare-reducing protective screen over your monitor.
Making a claim for computer vision syndrome
If you have suffered computer vision syndrome within the last three years and it wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 for more information. We are one of the UK’s leading law firms and boast over 15 years’ experience in all areas of personal injury compensation such as work-related injuries.
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice