In today's society, people use computers for extended periods of time, which requires visual demands unlike those for other activities. As a result, many experience eyestrain, headaches, dry eyes, blurred vision and other symptoms associated with Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS), which is a very real problem for those who spend hours in front of a computer screen. If you are one of the millions who do, you should schedule a comprehensive eye exam.
What is Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS)?
Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) refers to a group of eye and vision-related problems caused by prolonged computer use. Eye discomfort and vision problems appear to increase with extended periods of use.
Customized computer glasses are specifically made to reduce eye strain, and with a large field of vision, you will be more comfortable. If you are using regular reading glasses you will probably notice they aren't working that well. Computer eyeglasses are designed to work at the right distance for normal computer use. This eliminates the need to lean forward and tilt your head, which reduces neck, shoulder and back strain associated with CVS.
Listen to Clarkson Eyecare's own Dr. Brian Lojka discuss Computer Vision Syndrome.
What causes Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS)?
Environmental factors such as inadequate light or improper distance from the computer screen can be causes of CVS as well as prolonged computer use. Undiagnosed or uncorrected vision problems like farsightedness, astigmatism, inadequate eye coordination or eye focusing, presbyopia or other age-related changes can all contribute to CVS as well.
While many visual symptoms are noticed temporarily during computer use, some computer users will experience blurred distance vision after computer work is stopped. An eye exam to address vision correction should be performed to reduce the risk of continued symptoms or increased eye problems.
Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) Symptoms:
Blurred Near Vision
Blurred Far Vision
Neck and/or Backaches
Dry, Irritated Eyes
Diplopia (Double Vision)