Preventing computer vision syndrome in the workplace

| Aug 28, 2017 | Workplace Injuries |

Louisiana employees who spend a significant amount of time in front of their computers while at work may suffer from computer vision syndrome, also known as digital eyestrain. The syndrome encompasses a variety of vision-related problems that can occur from prolonged digital device use.

According to the American Optometric Association, American workers spend an average of seven hours each day on the computer. Prolonged exposure to digital devices, such as computers, tablets and smartphones, can cause a series of eye problems. These eye problems can include blurry vision, headaches and dry eyes. Some workers may also experience back, neck and shoulder pain. Although many of the symptoms associated with digital eyestrain are temporary, they can make it difficult for workers to get their work done in a timely manner. Further, some workers may also experience these symptoms well after they stop using the computer or other device for the day.

There are several ways employers and employees can prevent computer vision syndrome. First, employees should ensure that they are wearing the right type of glasses or contact lenses. Employers should ensure that company computers are properly placed so that the monitors are placed 15 to 20 degrees below the workers’ eye level. Employers should also give workers about 15 minutes of rest time after every two hours of work.

While most workers are often not affected by digital eyestrain when not working, there are some who experience more permanent symptoms. These symptoms can have an impact on a worker’s productivity and can have major impacts on their health. If a worker suffers chronic eyestrain symptoms that were caused by prolonged exposure to a work computer, he or she may be eligible to seek workers’ compensation benefits. An attorney could assist with the preparation and filing of the required claim documents.