Computer Vision Syndrome

During our training of Humana doctors on how to conduct tele-visits with their elderly patients, we wondered how communicating virtually was affecting the physicians’ health. That led to “how is being stuck behind screens all day affecting our clients’ health?”

The American Optometric Association defines Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) as a group of eye and vision-related problems resulting from prolonged computer, tablet, e-reader and cell phone use. These include eyestrain, headaches, blurred vision, as well as neck and shoulder pain. The AOA recommends the 20-20-20 rule which is defined as taking a twenty-second break to view something 20 feet away every 20 minutes.

Without taking regular breaks, physicians with CVS might miss an important clue in diagnosing their patient. And CVS will certainly affect your communication abilities, because all of us need to accurately read the person or group we’re presenting to in a virtual setting. To refresh your brain and overall energy, follow the 20-20-20 rule. Regularly go outside or in a hallway, breathe fresh air and change your focus. You will be revived and ready to continue delivering valuable services. You’ll also last longer, be sharper, and communicate more effectively.

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