Occupational Disorders – Computer Vision Syndrome, Role Of nurse in NCD

Computer Vision Syndrome

About two hundred years before, the word “computer” started to appear in the dictionary. Some people even didn’t know what is a computer? However, most of the people today not just knowing what is a computer, but understand how to use a computer. Therefore, computer becomes more and more popular and important to our society. We can use computer everywhere and they are very useful and helpful to our life. But still we are facing a problems like computer vision syndrome. Let us learn in detail. Computer vision syndrome (CVS) is strain on the eyes that happens when you use a computer or digital device (Smart phone, Tablets, Laptop) for prolonged periods of time.


* Lighting in the room

* Distance from the screen

* Glare on the screen

* Seating posture

* Angle of your head

Signs & Symptoms

* Eyestrain

* Headache

* Blurred vision

* Dry eyes

Neck and shoulder pain


With these simple practices, you can reduce the effects of computer vision syndrome:

* Make sure the lighting in the room is comfortable on the eyes, and prevents you from starting into glare on the computer screen

* Position the digital display so that your head is in a naturally comfortable position while using take breaks

* A few minutes away from the computer can go a long way when it comes to your eyes. Think of it similarly to the way you take stretch breaks for your arms and back

* Make sure your seat is comfortable. A comfortable chair with support for your neck and back will help you avoid neck and shoulder strain commonly associated with computer vision syndrome,

Computer eye strain steps for relief

* Get comprehensive eye exam

* Use proper lighting

* Minimize glare

* Upgrade your display

* Adjust your computer display setting

* Blink more often

* Exercise your eyes

* Take frequent breaks

* Modify your work stations

* Consider computer eyewear

The Role of the NCD Nurse

1. To identify patients at high risk of developing an NCD through risk assessment procedures for chronic diseases like diabetes and hypertension.

2. To provide advice, and help those with an already diagnosed condition to manage their disease which ranged from health advice to social issues that concerned participants.

3. To provide direct services to their clients who included facilitation of support groups, health education, distribution of medication as well as rehabilitation exercises.

4. As facilitators of support groups consisting of clients with diabetes and/ or hypertension.

5. To provide education pertaining to nutrition in the management of NCDs as well as explaining about risk factors, symptoms and preventive measures for diabetes and hypertension.

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