"Computer vision syndrome (CVS) is a temporary condition resulting from focusing the eyes on a computer display for protracted, uninterrupted periods of time. Some symptoms of CVS include headaches, blurred vision, neck pain, fatigue, eye strain, dry, irritated eyes, and difficulty refocusing the eyes. These symptoms can be further aggravated by improper lighting conditions (ie. bright overhead lighting or glare) or air moving past the eyes (e.g. overhead vents, direct air from a fan)."
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06/27/2012: Wendy from Columbus, Ohio/usa: "For eyestrain, try this acupressure technique I discovered recently. It actually works! I work at a computer ALL day for my job. I tried this acupressure treatment and it really does work:
[YEA] 06/27/2012: Bess from Calgary, Alberta, Canada replies: "Hi Wendy - Thanks so much for the acupressure technique for eye strain (yes, it indeed does work). I printed it out and posted it by my monitor as a reminder to do it. Best of health to you! Bess"
07/02/2012: Charles from Kuantan, Non Us/Canada replies: "Check out this article about acupressure:
Quick, Easy and Effective Way to Relieve Tired Eyes and Body @ http://www.allaboutlivingwithlife.com/2012/07/quick-easy-and-effective-way-to-relieve.html"
Lower the Computer Screen
[YEA] 09/21/2009: Deirdre from Atlanta, GA: "I strained my eyes a couple of weekend ago when I was re-titling hundreds of posts on the hydrogen peroxide page of Earth Clinic. First time I've done that and oh, it's not pleasant. I had a constant headache and my eyes, temples, and forehead felt "fried". I had to take frequent breaks and cover my eyes with a light blocking sleep mask.
Well, when the symptoms persisted over a week making me very cranky, I jumped online and went hunting for info. I discovered that there is actually a name for this type of eye strain! It's called Computer Vision Syndrome. I started some of the exercises I read on various websites, but nothing made my eyes feel better. I also let cold water from the shower run on my eyes for as long as I could take it. Helped a bit. I tried magnesium oil which definitely helped, albeit temporarily. But it seemed the minute I started back at the computer, the headache, dizziness, and nausea would start up again almost immediately.
I then had the intuitive thought to unhook my laptop from the external monitor and try working on it in another room. Within a day my eyes were back to normal. I figured out that what healed my eyes was that I was now gazing down at the computer screen, whereas before my eyes gazing upwards. I had put my computer monitor on a stand, thinking it was better for my eyes, but apparently this was one of the triggers. The other trigger was the hours and hours spent staring at the computer screen. Bad combination.
Before I figured out this amazingly simple solution, I was desperate and ordered an anti-glare/anti-radiation screen for my monitor and a pair of glasses (computer lenses) that you only wear when working on the computer. I am still going to try them out and will let you know if they help the eyes."Replies
10/07/2010: Drew W from Ventura , Ca replies: "I have had this problem for the past few months causing me to get very dizzy for most of the day. The office I work in have no windows and all we have are bright overhead lights and vents that constantly dry your eyes out. As soon as I go outside for lunch or to go home my vision is so much better but as of last week I've also had a headache that I get to take home. I'm not really sure what to do as my screen is already turned way down. Hopefully one of these days I will get an office with a window or better yet a job where I'm not in front of the computer all day."
[YEA] 06/26/2011: Sally V. from Atlanta, Ga replies: "This worked for my granddaughter. At her intern ship, the computer was raised by two heavy textbooks. She complained to her mother and I that her eye was hurting her tremendously, and when she took down the two textbooks, her eye was back to normal!"
06/28/2012: Wendy from Columbus, Oh/usa replies: "@Bess: so glad it worked for you! I was also researching acupressure for fatigue, stress, etc. and found this wonderful site, as well, which addresses many more ailments!
[YEA] 03/10/2012: Nightfire The Mad Alchemist from Danville, Illinois, United States: "OMG, LMAO... Unreal but hey, let me explain my plight. I also suffered from the headaches, brain fog, sleepiness, etc. And was kinda scared because I am totally hooked on this site for some time now... But you see that was my problem. I had tried with great success many remedies on this site but was concerned because I was still getting these symptoms like every one here and nothing was working for me to get rid of them. So after reading these letters I said 'hmm' turned down the brightness on my computer and then grabbed my $1 dollar amber, anti glare glasses, and what do you know! Hahaha, some of my symptoms have already started to ease *grinning sheepishly*. Who knew apparently spending too much time on this site was causing 'so said' probs... 'oops' lmao, but now I know to take much needed breaks and to wear these glasses when I do sit at my compute. Peace Pibbles."Replies
[YEA] 04/13/2013: Solomon from Whitefield, Bury, England replies: "Works! Didn't realise until I read this but, yeah, I started lowering my screen brightness to 4 (outof 8)- exactly half.
What to do with your screen brightness is to get paper, ideally from a non-fiction reading book and just compare it with your screen, and lower your screen brightness until it matches the white"ness" and brightness of the paper. That way:
- No Eye Strain
- Prevents Long-Term Eye Damage
- Improves sleep
09/29/2010: Angie from Atlanta, Ga: "I found that I was feeling dizzy after being on the computer all day, which would subside after I left work and come back the next day as soon as I got back on the computer. I looked on the net to find answers and I found that if you lower the brightness on your moniter it will help. I lowered mine to zero and haven't had any problems with feeling dizzy since then."