Computer Vision Syndrome- what you need to know

Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS), sometimes referred to as Digital Eye Strain, is a problematic condition resulting from focusing the eyes on a computer display or visual digital system for an extended period of time. The symptoms are, but not limited to, headaches, blurry vision, brow ache or unspecific and uncomfortable feeling across the eyebrow area, red eyes, neck/shoulder strain, burning eyes and the feeling of strain in the eyes. Another indicator of CVS is when vision seems worse at the end of work day as opposed to the weekend or on days when digital device use is minimal.

A few steps to take, there are others, that can help you avoid CVS include:

  • Getting a thorough eye evaluation to assess the need of a spectacle prescription and ensure good eye health
  • Reducing glare from the unit or screen and limiting glare on spectacle lenses
  • Remembering and implementing the “20-20-20 rule” throughout the day. Here’s what to do: Look away from your computer every 20 minutes and gaze at a distant object at least 20 feet away for no less than 20 seconds. This is vital to remember because it’s important to take short, frequent breaks to stretch and walk around, so your eyes can have a brief rest.
  • Wearing glasses that are specifically for computer work, which is something commonly overlooked

It is always important to get a thorough eye evaluation, particularly if you experience any visual symptoms associated with CVS. Left untreated, CVS can cause health issues and also result in potential loss of income from days off of work due to headaches, eyestrain and simply not being your happy self because of the constant stress placed on the eyes from the computer/visual display system.

Don’t let this extremely treatable health issue keep you from feeling your best. Schedule an eye exam, so you can talk with your doctor about your various eye demands at work. Specific testing, prevention methods for deterring eye related strain, and even specific treatment options can be discussed and employed.