FAQ: Computer Vision Syndrome
What is computer vision syndrome?
Computer vision syndrome, or CVS, is the discomfort or symptoms caused by focusing on a computer or technological device for a long and uninterrupted time.
Common symptoms include:
- Loss of Focus
- Burning Eyes
- Tired eyes
- Red Eyes
- Double Vision
- Eye Twitching
- Blurred Vision
- Neck and Shoulder Pain
Commonly Asked Questions
What causes Computer Vision Syndrome?
Characters, when read on a computer screen, don’t have the same level of contrast and definition as printed materials. This lack of contrast makes it harder for your eyes to focus. When your eyes and brain react differently to the various characters on a computer screen than on a print, you can develop symptoms of eye strain like blurred vision or headaches.
Who is affected?
Anyone working on a computer for extended periods has an increased risk of developing computer vision syndrome. When you stare at a screen, you are forcing your eyes to focus and refocus for long periods. As a result, your eyes are using more muscles, causing fatigue and tired eyes.
What can I do to reduce symptoms?
It’s easy! Talk to your eye doctor about their recommendations on how you can handle CVS. Your eye doctor may do a few tests to detect vision problems that may worsen your symptoms. Depending on the results, your doctor may recommend computer eyewear to protect your eyes or tips and tricks habits to reduce your symptoms.
For example, try practicing the 20/20/20 rule when using digital devices for an extended period. Every 20 minutes, look 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This exercise gives your eyes a break from the continued work of focusing on your computer screen.
Finding a Solution
What is Computer Eyewear?
Computer eyewear are prescription glasses specifically designed for work on a computer. Generally speaking, these lenses enable you to focus better on a computer screen, which is usually at about 20in from your eyes.
Are there Different Types of Computer Lenses?
Yes! When shopping for the right pair of computer eyewear, ask us about the different options. Computer lenses are available in both single vision and progressive lens options to fit your vision needs.
I don’t have Computer Vision Syndrome now. Should I still look into computer eyeglasses?
Yes. Even though you may not have computer vision syndrome now, you can still develop symptoms down the road. Many individuals experience reduced productivity and accuracy when working behind a screen, even without vision problems.
Do you have more questions about computer vision syndrome and the possible solutions that you can take? Contact our office today and ask us your vision questions!