As our world becomes increasingly digital, the number of people suffering from Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) has also increased. Raise your hand if you have experienced one of the following symptoms.
- eye strain
- difficulty focusing
- red, dry, itchy, or burning eyes
- blurry or double vision
- eye twitching
- nearsightedness, also called myopia
- neck or shoulder pain and stiffness
- A combination of two or more of the above symptoms
If you have experienced any of these symptoms, know you are not alone. Although CVS affects each individual differently, we can help alleviate the symptoms and create a plan to improve your vision.
Reducing Computer Vision Syndrome Symptoms
Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) is caused by your eyes and brain reacting to the computer screen. A computer screen’s content is usually less sharp, has less contrast, and can have more reflections or glare bouncing off the screen. All of these factors lead to CVS, but they aren’t the only factors. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, here are some suggestions for improving your screen time!
Viewing your screen in low light conditions can cause your eyes to continually try to focus on the screen, causing strain on your eyes. When working on your computer, be sure your surroundings have adequate lighting. Try setting your computer brightness to the same brightness as the room around you.
In addition to lighting, try to minimize the reflection of glare off your computer screen by installing an anti-glare screen on your monitor. If you are working in a room with windows, consider closing the blinds to prevent the sun from reflecting off your computer screen as well.
Another factor that can cause CVS is your computer or screen position. Being too close to or too far from the screen or positioning the screen at an angle can lead to eye strain. A great start to reducing your eye strain is to position your computer directly in front of you, so the top of the screen is just below your eyesight.
Give your eyes a break!
Taking regular vision breaks (looking at something 20 feet away, every 20 minutes, for 20 seconds) can go a long way in alleviating your symptoms. However, it may not completely resolve them.
If you believe you are suffering from Computer Vision Syndrome, it doesn’t have to be that way! Call our practice today to schedule an appointment and talk to one of our eye care professionals. We can discuss your specific needs and explore your options together!