Computer eye strain – also termed as Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS), is a common problem that most of us who use computer, or watch TV or play video games experience. Even children who keep playing video games or who use computers throughout the day at school can experience this eye problem. Some of the symptoms of CVS are redness in the eyes, eye strain, dry or fatigued eyes, double or blurred vision, headaches, neck, shoulder or backache, that can also occur as a result of the posture a person takes, while working on the computer.
Some of the measures we can all take to either prevent or minimize the eye strain are:
- Minimize glare by using an anti-glare screen on the computer monitor.
- Brightness – Adjust the brightness of the display on the screen to approximately the same level as the surrounding.
- Text size and contrast – Adjust the contrast and the lettering – font size, to a level that does not give strain when using the computer for a prolonged period.
- Blink more often as this causes the eyes to remain moist, thus preventing irritation and dryness of the eyes.
- Exercise your eyes – Another cause of computer eye strain is focusing fatigue i.e. looking into the computer for a prolonged period. To reduce this problem, look away from your computer frequently by looking at any distant object for a few seconds.
- Take frequent breaks when working on a computer or watching TV, as this helps to not only reduce the risk of CVS but also does not let the body develop neck and shoulder pain.
- Use of computer eye wear specifically made by eye care professionals, can also help. I have seen at many places, where the screen is kept at an angle in front but below the table so that the eye strain is not only reduced but also the posture being the natural one does not cause any neck or body pain.
Some of the foods which are good for your eyes are: Kale and some other leafy green vegetables. Kale, is high in lutein and zeaxanthin – two nutrients found in the healthy eye that are believed to also lower risk for age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and cataracts. Some studies suggest that diets rich in omega-3 fatty acid obtained from cold-water fish like salmon and tuna, reduce the risk of developing eye disease later in life. Oranges and other citrus fruits — such as tangerines, and lemons — are high in vitamin C, an antioxidant that is important for good eye health. Carrots are high in beta-carotene, a nutrient that helps with night vision. Including them in the daily diet can help keep your eyes healthy.
Homoeopathy has holistic approach towards a patient which means, treating a patient as a whole and not his specific disease or parts of body. There are many homeopathic remedies that can be considered for Computer Vision Syndrome. However, since every patient is different, a remedy for one person, need not necessarily be the same for the other person.