Computer vision syndrome (CVS) is a rather broad term that can refer to any and all types of eye strain caused by too much screen time. It is estimated that up to 90% of all people who work several hours a day with a computer will experience this common vision problem at some time.
Symptoms that may indicate CVS include:
- Dry eyes
- Red or irritated eyes
- Neck and backache
- Double vision
- Blurry vision
Unlike reading or writing on paper, computer screens are constantly flickering and adjusting contrast and glare. These factors require the eyes to focus more rapidly and, over time, can strain eye muscles and result in vision problems. Computer vision syndrome is common in adults who work with computers, but is a growing vision problem among children who use tablets and play video games as well.
The most effective way to treat computer vision syndrome is to reduce your screen time. Put the cellphone away, unplug the computer, and spend time doing things that are not electronic. In addition to being responsible with screen time, you can reduce strain by taking frequent breaks when technology is unavoidable and by using glare screens to reduce additional strain caused by bright displays. If you wear glasses, computer glasses, or special reflective coating can be applied to your lenses to help reduce glare as well.
Computer vision syndrome may have symptoms that are similar to other vision problems. If you are experiencing any difficulties with your vision, please contact Northeastern Eye Institute online or by calling 800-334-2233 today to schedule an examination.