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Today I want to bring awareness to something that we cope with on a constant non-stop level in our every day life: technology and how it influences our health. Since I sit in front of the computer for almost the whole entire time when I am at work and I can definitely feel what it does to me, the topic for today is CVS or Computer Vision Syndrome.  The typical CVS symptoms of tired, burning eyes and blurry vision are becoming more frequent as people spend increasing amounts of time at their computers. But what can be the causes?

  • Improper lighting
  • Screen glare
  • Ill-adapted workspace
  • Poor posture
  •  Glasses or contact lenses with incorrect prescriptions
Symptoms of CVS (source)
Symptoms of CVS II (source)

While CVS has not yet been shown to damage vision, there is no need to put up with its uncomfortable symptoms. Proper workspace ergonomics, frequent breaks from the computer, and eye drops are easy solutions that work. Dimming the lights in the workspace can also reduce eye fatigue. Author Judith Lasater who wrote the great book “Relax and Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times”  suggests a version of Savasana (Corpse Pose) tailored for the eyes. Quite interesting, huh? So here is what you need to do:

Savasana

Savasana Pose

Lie down in Savasana with a stack of several books lying on the floor near the top of your head. Place either a five-pound bag of rice or some sandbags halfway on the books and halfway on your forehead. Relax for 15 minutes.

Yes, it’s THAT simple. You actually do not need to read a book to find a solution to your fatigue problem. All you need is a little extra time. But the problem here is that we all often do not even find 15 minutes in a day to relax, right?

For all who want to know a bit more of Savasana and would like to give the relaxing pose a try, keep on reading in the Savasana post I did a while ago and find some inspiration to a healthier and more relaxed you!

What do you do to take a break from all the technology around you? Do you switch your mobile phone off when you go to bed? Do you feel like you are around electronic devices all day long?

 

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7 thoughts on “Look AWAY

  1. Hey, great info, Alexia – scary stuff, though luckily I don’t spend too much time in front of a computer screen! More time chasing a certain Misty Man! Love the Savasana ideas :)

  2. Great tips Alexia! It’s such a shame that most jobs now require us to stare at computer screens all day long. It can’t be good for our health at all. We’re advised to take regular breaks, get up and stretch, look away from the screen every 15 minutes to give our eyes a break, etc, but it’s easier said than done. Often we get so engrossed in our work that time just flies by and, before we know it, a couple of hours can easily pass before we’ve even moved position! It’s easy to see how so many people end up with bad backs and necks, not to mention eye strain :(

    • yes you are so right and it really is a big problem for a lot of us! I have so much work at the moment that I can hardly find any time to get away from the computer. I often dont even have a lunch break and eat while making phone calls and checking mails…which is just insane!

  3. I’ve long wondered what the flickering of the screen itself does to our vision. While we don’t consciously perceive it, the action has to be stressful to our eyes over any stretch of time. The blurry vision, too, can be compounded by allergies.
    Thanks for the bag-of-rice suggestion. As I ease into retirement, it could become part of a naptime routine!
    And don’t forget all the eyeball exercises, either, or the shoulder rolls. No need for us to be disabled by these machines!

  4. I have that same problems (sitting on my butt in front of the PC nearly all the time). I have invested in a massive flat screen monitor, which did amazing things for the ‘tired afternoon eyes’ and halogen lighting, rather than flouro. Both of these things made a big difference.

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