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Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS)

Male close upWhat is Computer Vision Syndrome?

Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) is an eye condition where the eye is strained due to overuse of looking or staring at a screen or device. We all use computers, laptops, TVs, tablets, and cell phones. We can spend up to 10 hours a day looking at these devices.This condition can affect up to 70% of computer users. It is possible that you are experiencing CVS and don’t even know it. The human body was not meant to stare at a screen for hours on end and this is having an effect on our vision.

What are the symptoms?

There are many symptoms of CVS which include:

  • Fatigue
  • Eye Strain
  • Redness
  • Blurriness
  • Dry Eyes
  • Headaches
  • Tearing

woman suffering from CVSWhat can be done to alleviate the pain of Computer Vision Syndrome?

Our Austin Eye Doctors recommend a number of easy solutions that can be done to help relieve stress from CVS. First, remember to blink. This may seem like an obvious idea but the research has found that people looking at a screen tend to blink less. This causing the tear ducts to dry out. Even making a reminder to blink is a good idea.

Try taking breaks so you can relax your eyes and focus on something else. It is also important to make sure the computer screen is at an optimal length, about 20 inches away and your back is up straight while on the computer. Try closing your eyes for a few seconds to just relax the eyes. Remember the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.

If vision issues and strain persists, we can discuss various eye drops and medications that can help lubricate the eye. However, with a few simple adjustments, you can alleviate many of the symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome.



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