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Computer Vision Syndrome

For those people who work in front of a computer monitor for six or more hours a day, you know full well how strained your eyes can feel at the end of a long work day. It is estimated that 64% of adults and 86% of children use computers at home, school, or the office. A great number of regular computer users suffer from the eyestrain known as Computer Vision Syndrome, also known as CVS.

While letters on a computer screen may seem crystal clear, they are actually made up of tiny pixels that force your eyes to make constant micro-movements, shifting back and forth to focus on the words on the computer monitor. Even if you do not realize your eyes are being strained, they may become taxed to the point your vision can actually begin to decline over time. Computer Vision Syndrome can lower productivity, increase stress, and cause fatigue. Obviously, the cause of CVS is looking at a computer monitor for long periods of time.

Symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome

  • Eye Strain
  • Headaches
  • Blurry Vision
  • Double Vision
  • Focusing Problems
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Neck Pain

Though many jobs require eight hours in front of a computer screen, prolonged computer use certainly does over work the eyes in a way that is not healthy. Eye strain and sitting at your desk hour after hour causes the muscles in the face, neck, and shoulders to become tight and tense. Stiff neck and shoulder muscles will reduce blood flow to your head and eyes, which can damage the eyes. While looking at a computer screen, we blink much less often, which can lead to dry eyes.

Treatments for CVS

There are certain steps you can take to reduce how hard your eyes have to work while looking at your computer’s monitor. An eye care professional who specializes in computer vision care will perform tests to detect any vision problems that may contribute to CVS. Your eye doctor may prescribe computer eyeglasses to help you work more comfortably and with less eye strain. Computer eyeglasses have even been known to increase worker productivity (good news for employers).

Glare screens may increase your comfort minimally, but they will not fix your computer vision problem. These filters merely reduce glare from reflections on the screen and do not reduce the visual problems related to the constant re-focusing necessary for your eyes to read what’s on the screen. Computer lenses with a slight tint may help if you work in a brightly lit office. These lenses will reduce the amount of light that enters the eyes and may help to reduce eye strain.

If you work on a computer several hours a day and have experienced fatigue, eye strain, and/or discomfort, you should contact an eye doctor in your area today to schedule a computer vision exam.

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