Common Symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome

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Common Symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome

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Common Symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome

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Common Symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome

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Common Symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome

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Computer Vision Syndrome – or CVS for short – is a fairly newly-diagnosed condition that is attributed to the dramatic increase in the number of people using digital devices, both at work and in their recreational activities.



Computer vision syndrome is the name given to a range of different symptoms that are associated with prolonged digital device use. It’s estimated that as many as 85% of people suffer from CVS at some point during their lifetime, with episodes becoming more frequent for people who use spend long periods of time using a smartphone or other mobile digital device.



What Causes Computer Vision Syndrome?



Unsurprisingly, the main cause of computer vision syndrome is spending extensive periods of time looking at digital devices, especially if you don’t take regular breaks to rest and relax your eyes. However, a poorly laid-out work environment (such as the desk not being at the right height, or bad lighting that causes glare) can also contribute towards the condition, as well as the improper use of glasses or contact lenses.



What Are The Symptoms Of Computer Vision Syndrome?



There are a range of symptoms associated with computer vision syndrome, and it’s possible to experience one or many of them. The symptoms that you experience may also vary with each episode of the condition.



These include, but aren’t limited to:



  • Headaches/migraines

  • Blurred vision

  • Eye irritation including itchiness, scratching and a sensation that something is in your eye

  • Redness of the eyes

  • Muscle fatigue

  • Tiredness/eye fatigue



The severity of these symptoms can also vary considerably between patients and episodes of the condition.



Can Computer Vision Syndrome Be Treated?



Fortunately, there are things that can be done to help counteract the symptoms of computer vision syndrome. These include the following:



  • Improving Your Work Environment



If you spend a lot of time on digital devices at work, the right set-up can really help to reduce your risk of developing CVS. Having the screen set the right distance from your eyes, and at the right height for your eyes, is essential for reducing strain on both your eyes and neck/shoulders which could be contributing towards your discomfort.



  • Use Screen Aids


Screen aids can be a useful addition to your work environment too, as they can adjust the lighting emanating from your screen and reduce glare from nearby light sources.



  • Take Regular Screen Breaks


Undoubtedly the most important thing that you can do is to take regular screen breaks. These give your eyes a chance to refocus and relax, reducing tension both in the eyes and the muscles around them. Follow the 20/20/20 rule – every 20 minutes, stop and take and look at something at least 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. And take longer screen breaks if you can – your eyes will thank you!



  • Visit Your Eye Doctor Regularly


The quality of your vision or your eye health could change at any time, and without regular visits to your eye doctor, it may be impossible for you to realize that you are affected. In many instances, the symptoms associated with CVS are also linked to other eye conditions and issues and it could be these, and not computer vision syndrome, that you are affected by. Make sure you attend annual comprehensive eye exams to maintain the best, long-term vision and eye health.




For more information about Computer Vision Syndrome or to book an appointment, call Eyecare Associates of Parsons in Parsons, Kansas at 620-421-2330.

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