What Are the Symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS)?

What Are the Symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS)?

What Are the Symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS)?

The increasing use of computers in the office and at home has seen an increase in eye health problems. Computer vision syndrome (CVS) is a common consequence of prolonged digital device use. 


People who spend hours looking at the devices often experience pain and discomfort. CVS may not lead to permanent eye damage, but it can affect work performance and negatively impact the quality of life. Here are the symptoms of computer vision syndrome. 



What Causes Computer Vision Syndrome?



CVS is caused by the improper use of computers and other digital devices. Computers are a part of modern life, and it is hard to function without them. While they may be necessary, there are right and wrong ways to use the devices. 


Failing to use corrective lenses can exacerbate the problem. Improving your environment and adapting proper placement can help prevent CVS. Correct posture, improved lighting, and frequent breaks when using the computer can help.



Symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome   



Prolonged computer use can lead to CVS. Symptoms of the condition include:


  • Blurred vision.
  • Eye irritation or dry eyes.
  • Eyestrain and frequent squinting. 
  • Headaches.
  • Neck aches.
  • Backaches.
  • Muscle fatigue.
  • Making simple changes can help reduce the symptoms of CVS. 



Adjusting Lens Prescription 



Most people who experience CVS symptoms wear corrective lenses, eyeglasses, or contact lenses. These people are more likely to experience eye, neck, and back pain than those who do not require vision correction. 


Studies show that adjusting lens prescription can help reduce the symptoms. Visiting an ophthalmologist for an updated prescription can help eliminate CVS by improving lens effectiveness. 



Preventing Computer Vision Syndrome 



Changing how you use your digital devices can help prevent CVS. Some things that can help include:


  • Modify lighting in the room to reduce reflections and glare on the computer screen. You can also change the screen brightness or contrast. A monitor filter or hood can help. 
  • Moving your computer to the proper position enhances comfort. Move the screen beyond arm's length, or 20 to 25 inches from your eyes, directly in front of the face.
  • Improve your posture to reduce strain on the eyes, neck, shoulders, and back. Adjust your chair to ensure that you sit straight with your elbows bent at 90 degrees. 
  • Take frequent breaks when working on the computer. It helps reduce muscle and eye fatigue. Take short breaks to stretch, look around, and move every 15 minutes. 
  • Remember to blink frequently when using your digital device. You can also use eye drops to keep your eyes from drying. 
  • Improve your environment by removing things that can affect your eyes, such as dust, dry air, and drafts. Avoid sitting close to air vents, and keep your computer screen free from dust that can irritate the eyes. Fumes and low humidity can dry out the eyes. 



How Computers Affect the Vision 



Computer vision syndrome is a condition caused by repetitive motion. The eyes focus on the computer screen and follow the same path repeatedly for hours. If you need to look down at documents, your eyes shift back and forth. The shifting strains the eye muscles, and you blink less frequently. It can cause dry eyes and blur your vision when working. 


During your eye exam, inform the specialist about your computer use to get the right prescription. 


For more on computer vision syndrome, visit Gregg Family Eye Care at our North Wales or Secane, Pennsylvania offices. Call (215) 699-2020 or (610) 831-4300 to schedule an appointment today.

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