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What Is Computer Vision Syndrome?

November 15, 2022

Computer Vision Syndrome, or CVS for short, is a group of eye and vision-related symptoms and diseases that result from prolonged computer use. For those of us who spend a lot of time in front of a screen, whether working in an office, playing video games, or spending time on our PCs at home, it’s important to know the signs and symptoms of CVS so you can take steps to protect your eyes.

Read on as a Broomfield, CO optometrist talks about computer vision syndrome, symptoms to watch for, and available treatment options. 

How Computer Vision Syndrome Affects the Eyes

  • Light: Computer screens and mobile phones emit blue light, which can cause digital eyestrain by affecting cells in the retina.
  • Eye movement: Staring at a screen for long periods of time can strain your eyes, causing fatigue and poor vision.
  • Length of time spent using technology: How long you’ve been using your device may have an effect on whether or not you’ll suffer from digital eyestrain. You’re more likely to experience it if you spend a lot of time checking social media or watching videos online every day.

Symptoms of CVS

  • Eye strain and dry eyes
  • Headaches
  • Blurred vision 
  • Red eyes 
  • Fatigue 
  • Eye twitches 
  • Eyestrain
  • Reduced visual acuity and difficulty focusing on objects near and far 
  • Eye fatigue
  • Double vision 
  • Nausea and vomiting 
  • Tingling in the arms or hands 
  • Pain in the neck, shoulders, and/or back

And even if you don’t experience any eye problems while at work, it doesn’t mean that you’re immune to CVS. Some people may not experience any symptoms at all until they use their computer or smartphone in the evening or on weekends. 

Treatment Considerations

Computer vision syndrome is a real concern for many people. If you experience symptoms like headaches or blurred vision, it may be time to get checked out by an optometrist who has specialized training in CVS treatment and prevention techniques.

There are many things you can do to treat computer vision syndrome:

  • Getting an eye exam from an optometrist to make sure your prescription is up-to-date
  • Using an anti-glare filter for your monitor or laptop screen
  • Using a blue light filter on your devices at night
  • Checking for dry eyes by visiting an optometrist 
  • Using a computer glasses prescription to help relieve symptoms of CVS 
  • Taking breaks from using your eyes for extended periods  
  • Using computer glasses or sunglasses that block blue light and UV rays 

If you have more questions or wish to schedule an eye exam, please feel free to call our Broomfield, CO optometry office anytime!

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