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Computer Vision Syndrome

 

  • Computer Vision Syndrome, or Digital Eye Strain, refers to the vision-related problems that come with prolonged computer, tablet, and cell phone use.
  • Uncorrected vision problems like farsightedness and astigmatism, inadequate eye focusing or eye coordination abilities, and age-related changes to the eyes can all contribute to Computer Vision Syndrome.
  • Many of the visual symptoms experienced by users are only temporary and will decline after stopping computer work or use of the digital device. However, some individuals may experience continued reduced visual abilities, such as blurred distance vision, even after stopping work at a computer.

What is Computer Vision Syndrome?

Computer Vision Syndrome, or Digital Eye Strain, refers to a host of vision-related problems that come with prolonged computer, tablet, and cell phone use. The most common symptoms associated with Computer Vision Syndrome are:

  • eyestrain
  • headaches
  • blurred vision
  • dry eyes
  • neck and shoulder pain

Recent research has shown that computer eye problems are common. Somewhere between 50% and 90% of people who work at a computer screen have at least some symptoms of eye trouble.

Staring at a computer monitor for hours on end has become a part of the modern workday, but working adults aren’t the only ones vulnerable to computer vision syndrome. Kids who stare at portable video games or tablets or who use computers throughout the day at school also can experience eye problems related to computer use, especially if the lighting and computer position are less than ideal.

The extent to which individuals experience these symptoms often depends on a combination of their visual abilities and the amount of time spent looking at a digital screen. Uncorrected vision problems like farsightedness and astigmatism, inadequate eye focusing or eye coordination abilities, and age-related changes to the eyes can all contribute to Computer Vision Syndrome.

Many of the visual symptoms experienced by users are only temporary and will decline after stopping computer work or use of the digital device. However, some individuals may experience continued reduced visual abilities, such as blurred distance vision, even after stopping work at a computer. If nothing is done to address the cause of the problem, symptoms will continue to recur and can worsen with future digital screen use.

How We Treat It

Individuals who wear glasses may find that their current prescription does not provide optimal vision for viewing a computer or are not adequate for computer work. Lenses prescribed to meet the unique visual demands of computer viewing may be needed. Special lens designs, lens powers or lens tints or coatings may help to maximize visual abilities and comfort.

However, some computer users experience problems with eye focusing or eye coordination that can’t be adequately corrected with eyeglasses or contact lenses.

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