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computer vision syndromeYou probably aren’t surprised to hear that staring at a computer for too long is bad for your eyes. Computers and other devices such as mobile phones and tablets strain the eyes and cause several issues collectively called Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS). CVS is a general term applied to all complications resulting from staring at a computer.

About Computer Vision Syndrome

Between 50% and 90% of people who work in front of the computer have symptoms of computer related eye problems. Working adults aren’t the only ones susceptible to CVS—kids who stare at video screens for long periods of time also develop eye issues.

When you look at a computer screen, your eyes must continually focus and move back and forth with what you’re looking at. Similar to carpal tunnel, these repetitive movements strain the eyes.

Symptoms of CVS

If you sit in front of a screen for long periods of time and experience any of the following symptoms, you could have computer vision syndrome:

  • – Blurred vision
  • – Double vision
  • – Dry, red eyes
  • – Eye irritation
  • – Headaches
  • – Neck and/or back pain

Solutions to CVS

Computer Vision Syndrome shouldn’t cause lasting damage to your eyes; however the discomfort of CVS is reason enough to seek solutions to the problem.

  • – Take a break every 20 minutes and look 20 feet away for 20 seconds
  • – If a nearby window or lamp causes a glare on your screen, reposition your monitor or block the source of light until the glare goes away.
  • – Stay 28 inches away from your screen, and position it so that your eyes are level with the top of the screen
  • – Alter your screen settings to adjust brightness, contrast, and font size

Your Eyesight Associates doctor can talk to you about prescription glasses or contacts for use at the computer. Schedule an appointment with us today to learn more about CVS.