Computer Vision Syndrome

What Is Computer Vision Syndrome?

Computer Vision Syndrome, also known as Digital Eye Strain, describes a group of eye and vision-related problems that result from prolonged computer, tablet, e-reader, and cell phone use. Many individuals experience eye discomfort and vision problems when viewing digital screens for extended periods. The level of discomfort appears to increase with the amount of digital screen use.

Symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome:

The most common symptoms associated with Computer Vision Syndrome include:

  • Eyestrain
  • Headaches
  • Blurred vision
  • Dry eyes
  • Neck and shoulder pain

These symptoms may be caused by:

  • Poor lighting
  • Glare on a digital screen
  • Improper viewing distances
  • Poor seating posture
  • Uncorrected vision problems
  • A combination of these factors

Treatment for Computer Vision Syndrome:

The treatment of Computer Vision Syndrome usually includes changes in how a person views the screen:

  • Follow the 20-20-20 Rule: Every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and look at something 20 feet away.
  • Ensure Proper Lighting: To reduce glare and strain, position your computer screen so windows are to the side, instead of in front or behind it.
  • Minimize Glare: Use screens that can reduce glare from lighting or windows.
  • Upgrade Your Display: Use a high-quality, glare-free LCD screen for less flicker than old CRT monitors.
  • Adjust Computer Display Settings: Adjusting the display settings of your computer can help reduce eye strain and fatigue. Adjust the brightness, text size, and contrast for comfort.
  • Blink More Often: Blinking moistens your eyes to prevent dryness and irritation.

Prevention of Computer Vision Syndrome:

Preventing Computer Vision Syndrome involves taking proactive steps to reduce eye strain:

  • Set up a comfortable work environment with proper ergonomics.
  • Regular eye examinations and discuss your computer usage with your eye doctor.
  • Consider computer eyewear to reduce eye strain.

Please note that this information is provided for informational purposes only and should not substitute professional medical advice. If you suspect you have computer vision syndrome or any eye-related concerns, it is important to consult with an eye care professional for a proper evaluation and personalized recommendations.