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Preventing digital eyestrain in the workplace

| Sep 7, 2017 | Workers' Compensation

Connecticut workers who sit in front of computers all day may suffer from digital eyestrain or computer vision syndrome. These conditions encompass a number of vision-related problems that can be caused by prolonged exposure to digital screens, including computers, smartphones and tablets.

The symptoms for CVS can include blurry vision, dry eyes, headaches and eyestrain. Some workers may also feel back, shoulder or neck pain. Usually, these symptoms are temporary and stop when workers leave their computers. However, the problems are known to reoccur when people start working at their computers again. In some cases, workers may suffer symptoms that get worse over time.

Those who experience digital eyestrain should work with their eye care professionals to ensure that they are wearing the right contact lenses or glasses. If the symptoms are recurring, vision therapy can help train the eyes and brain to work together. Managers can also help alleviate problems by making sure that computer monitors are 20 to 28 inches away from their employees’ eyes. Employers can also invest in antiglare screens and keep the blinds closed to reduce glare.

For employees who are required to repeat repetition tasks throughout their work day, injuries or illnesses can form slowly. However, such injuries can still reduce a worker’s productivity and have an impact on their performance. Although it can be more difficult to prove that the injuries or symptoms occurred while at work, those who suffer occupational injuries, including digital eyestrain, may be eligible to seek workers’ compensation benefits. An employment attorney may help prove that the worker’s injuries occurred due to repetitive movements with the help of medical expert testimony and medical reports.