Computer Vision Syndrome

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Headaches are common with eye strain

Computer vision syndrome is strain on the eyes.  It is also commonly referred to as Digital Eye Strain.

Computer vision syndrome occurs when you use a computer or digital device for extended periods of time.  Computer Vision Syndrome is also known as Digital Computer Eye Strain. Research shows computer eye strains are common and 50%-90% of people exposed to prolonged use of computers in school, at work and even at home, it is not surprising that computer vision syndrome is a fairly common eye condition. Anyone who has spent a few hours on the computer has probably experience eye discomfort and vision problems and the level of discomfort appears to increase with the amount computer or digital device use.  

Computer vision syndrome or computer eye strain is temporary and naturally goes away on its own, assuming you have enough rest from the digital devices. Unfortunately these devices are taking over all facets of our life, so their management is critical to our well-being. Keep reading so that you can understand and more importantly manage this very common eye condition.

Computer vision syndrome or digital computer eye strain is comparable to carpal tunnel syndrome and other repetitive stress injuries at work. Computer vision syndrome occurs when people carrying out the same motion over and over again and also viewing a computer or digital screen often makes the eyes work harder. And thus computer vision syndrome can get worse the longer you continue the activity.

Viewing a computer or digital device is not same as reading a printed page because a computer screen also adds the essentials of screen contrast, flicker, and glare. Working at a computer gets even more difficult when you get older because the lens of your eye becomes less flexible. The ability to focus on near and far objects starts to diminish after about age 40.

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Symptoms of Digital Eye Strain

The most common symptoms connected with Computer Vision Syndrome or Computer Eye Strain are:

  • Blurred vision
  • Burning feeling in the eyes
  • Eyestrain
  • Headaches
  • Dry eyes
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Photophobia
  • Need for eye glasses
  • Stinging eyes
  • Eye irritation (itchy eyes, red eyes)
  • Backaches
  • Neck aches
  • Muscle fatigue


What we need to understand that eyes have not evolved to do computer work. Nor has the human body been designed to sit in a chair all day.  Luckily no one dies or goes blind from this, but if not managed properly computer work can make your life miserable and it’s painful symptoms can affect performance at work and at home.

Causes of Computer Vision Syndrome

There are several of factors that establish the amount of strain your body feels as you work on a computer or other digital device .The main causes of Computer Vision Syndrome include an inappropriate environment and the indecent use of eyeglasses and contact lenses.

All the symptoms of Computer vision syndrome, Computer eye strain may be caused by:

  • Poor lighting
  • Glare on a digital screen
  • Imbalanced viewing distances
  • Poor seating posture
  • Uncorrected vision problems
  • A combination of these factors


Treatments for Computer Vision Syndrome & Computer Eyestrain

The discomfort computer vision syndrome causes can be reduced by following a few simple practices:

  • Have your eyes examined by an experienced Optometrist
  • Ask an experienced Optometrist if computer glasses, coatings or eye exercises might help you combat Eyestrain and Computer Vision Syndrome
  • Blink often to keep your eyes hydrated
  • Ensure you have the correct lighting to avoid Eyestrain and Computer Vision Syndrome
  • Have your work station positioning assessed
  • Ask an experienced Optometrist about lubricant eye drops and gels to keep your eyes hydrated
  • Take regular breaks from reading or using the computer
  • Splash your face with cold water to keep your eyes refreshed, but keep your eyes closed, when doing this.
  • Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet

Regular eye examinations and proper viewing habits can help to reduce the growth of the symptoms connected with Computer Vision Syndrome.

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