RECOVERY PLAN – Computer Fatigue Syndrome – CFS
Myths: Computers do not harm your eyes.
Facts: Computers are the number 1 cause of eyestrain.
According to information published on November 19, 1999, “Computer vision syndrome (CVS), defined as a complex of eye and vision problems that are experienced during and related to computer use, is a repetitive strain disorder that appears to be growing rapidly, with some studies estimating that 90 percent of the 70 million U.S. workers using computers for more than 3 hours per day experience it (CVS) in some form.”
The use of computers in the western world is growing exponentially. The amount of time one spends looking at a computer screen is also increasing similarly. Humans evolved biologically as “hunters and gatherers”. Our vision developed primarily for seeing distance (98% of all humans are born farsighted). Our eye muscle systems are in their most relaxed state when we use our vision for distance objects and space. In similar fashion, our bodies were designed for movement. Maintaining a sitting posture for long periods of time is unnatural for us.
As a result, working at a computer for a long period of time without breaks can cause unnatural strain on us that can result in a condition called “computer fatigue syndrome”. Computer users have shown to have a reduced average blinking time while using computers, which, according to Japanese investigators, causes a major risk of developing transient, or short-term dry eyes.
Over a period of time, excessive computer use can have cumulative negative effects on the user including the worsening of farsightedness, nearsightedness, astigmatism, eye-focusing disorders and poor eye coordination. In addition, constant working from a set position can cause neck and shoulder stiffness, as well as stress headaches, which can then cause pain in the jaw (referred to TMJ or temporomandibular joint).
-Dizziness or nausea
-Change in colour perception
-Increase in nearsightedness
-Red, dry or burning eyes
-Neck, shoulder and back pain
-Eye-teaming problems and/or occasional double vision
-Extending short distance focusing
-Reduced average blinking time
-Starchy Diet (see Starch Study)
The Recovery Plan is essential to alleviate this problem.
There are a number of simple things you can do to help protect your vision when using computers, including the following: