Computer Vision Syndrome
If you spend more than 1-2 hours a day using a computer, there is a good chance that you suffer from symptoms caused by Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS).
In fact it has been estimated that 75% of computer users suffer from some form of CVS, a repititive strain disorder, with the result being not only pain and discomfort, but a decline in productivity!
Studies in the US have shown that eye-related symptoms are the most frequently occurring health problems among computer users. Many people who have very mild vision disorders which do not normally cause any symptoms experience problems due to the high demand that is placed on the eye's visual and focusing systems when using a computer screen.
Symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome
- Tired, sore eyes
- Dry eyes
- Watery eyes
- Stinging, irritated feeling eyes
- Blurred vision
- Difficulty changing focus
- Double Vision
Neck, back or shoulder pain
What can be done about Computer Vision Syndrome?
There are a number of factors which can help to reduce the strain caused by computer use. These include ensuring that you have the appropriate lighting set up and the correct viewing distance to the screen. However, if you use a computer for more than 2 hours a day, the most important thing you can do is visit an optometrist experienced in the assessment and treatment of Computer Vision Syndrome.