Office employees regularly working on computers for long periods are at risk of developing computer vision syndrome, or CVS. Classified as a repetitive strain injury, CVS may manifest itself through symptoms including:
- Dry eyes
- Eye strain
- Blurred vision
- Shoulder and/or neck pain
Like most repetitive strain injuries, CVS is preventable.
Prevention of computer vision syndrome
This occupational condition can be prevented by:
- Adjusting contrast, brightness and font size settings on computers
- Looking away from screens every 20 minutes or so, for at least 20 seconds
- Blinking frequently to prevent eyes becoming dry
- Focusing on an object or person at least 20 feet away at least once per hour
Getting up and having a wander round the office once in a while will also help to prevent CVS, as well as repetitive stress injuries in the arms, hands and/or wrists.
There is also a selection of excellent software applications that can help prevent CVS and other repetitive stress related injuries at work by sending reminders to look away from screens at regular intervals or suggest and enforce breaks at appropriate times.
Some programmes collect employees’ work data and suggest breaks as and when necessary, as opposed to simply reminding computer users to take a break at pre-set intervals. This type of software has been shown to not only effectively prevent CVS and varying other RSI-related injuries at work, but increase productivity in the process.
Employers and CVS
Employers are legally required to prevent CVS, just like they are required to prevent accidents at work. As such, they can be held liable to pay employees affected by occupational illness or injured by work accidents industrial injury compensation.
You and CVS
If you suffer from CVS, any other work related illness or the effects of an injury at work, you could qualify for work injury compensation if your injury or condition was caused by your employer’s negligence. Get the help of a skilled, experienced solicitor to make sure your claim has a good chance of having a successful outcome.
Finding a solicitor
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Enlist their help today by calling our law firm’s advice line on 0800 689 0500. This is a no-obligation, confidential free phone number that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Alternatively, complete the compensation calculator 30-second test online to determine the level of compensation you could be awarded.
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice