Seeing Those Middle Distance: How Technology is Stressing Our Eyes
Technology continues to change us, for better and for worse. The Wall Street Journal recently had an article about CVS or Computer-Vision Syndrome, a new condition for what is happening to our eyes from all those hours of staring at the computer. CVS could be the source of headaches, neck pain, blurred vision and fatigue. Most of us use a computer for three or more hours a day: checking email, writing documents, exploring social media on Twitter, Facebook, Linked-In, etc. All that time spent on the computer is taxing on our eyes. However, go to your eye doctor about CVS and they might not know how to treat the weakening of mid-range vision. This condition is so new that it doesn’t even have a proper name yet. What would you call it? ‘middlesightedness’? According to the article, there are no guidelines for testing mid-range vision yet, so some eye doctors are just cutting reading prescriptions in half. But, depending on how far you sit from your computer, that prescription might not do you any good. So, make sure you bust out the measuring tape before heading to the eye doctor.
After I did some measuring of my own, my final thoughts were these: First, put on the To-Do list “Find a good eye doctor” and second, what will happen to the generations behind us? To the kids who grew up on a computer? What about the kids today who play games on an iPad? Are we a society destined for computer glasses? Like most things, only time will tell.