TREATED IN DULUTH, GA (NORTH OF ATLANTA) at Georgia Eye Physicians & Surgeons
Computer vision syndrome (CVS) is a group of eye and vision conditions that develop from prolonged daily computer use.
Patients can experience a combination of symptoms relating to computer vision syndrome (CVS). Eye strain, headaches, blurred vision, dry eyes and neck and shoulder pain are common symptoms affecting individuals with CVS. There are many contributing factors that can lead to computer vision syndrome such as the lighting of the room, distance you are from the screen, screen glare, seating posture and even the angle of your head when viewing a computer screen; all of these factors add to the strain on the body. Uncorrected vision problems such as farsightedness and astigmatism can contribute to the development of CVS as the eye has to work extra hard to make up for the deficiency while combating added stress from computer use.
How is computer vision syndrome treated?
Those who use a computer for 2 or more hours daily face the greatest risk of experiencing computer vision syndrome (CVS). While discomfort increases the longer you use a computer, there are ways to reduce the symptoms:
- Make sure the lighting in the room is comfortable and prevents computer glare
- Position the computer so the head rests in a natural position and minimize looking upward at the computer
- Take breaks – allow your eyes to rest
- Use a seat that has good neck and back support
Computer vision corrective eyeglass lenses or contact lenses prescribed by your ophthalmologist to correct vision impairments such as farsightedness and astigmatism may help to alleviate symptoms associated with CVS. If symptoms still occur, vision therapy, or visual training (such as Varilux computer eyeglass lenses) are available to help train the eyes and brain to more efficiently work together through a structured program of activities.