What is Computer Vision Syndrome?
Tired eyes, headaches, blurred vision and general fatigue-these are just a few of the painful eyestrain symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome, or CVS. Currently, CVS is the number one health complaint of office workers nationwide, affecting over 100 millions adults—including those with 20/20 vision.
Computer eye strain is becoming an epidemic, and it´s no wonder: 175 million people in the United States use a computer every day, including more than 54 million children.*
Computer Vision Syndrome, or CVS, is caused by the constant effort it takes for your eyes to focus on a computer screen. Unlike a printed page in a book, the images on a computer screen are made up of tiny, glowing dots called “pixels”.” Without clearly defined edges or background contrast, your eyes cannot lock the images into focus. They continually drift out to their natural focal resting point and then strain to regain focus on the screen. This constant refocusing can occur thousands of times an hour-overworking your eye muscles and causing painful eyestrain symptoms. Special computer glasses can shield your eyes from harmful blue light and ease the strain on your eyes.
How can I Prevent/Treat Computer Vision Syndrome?
The doctors at Grand Vision Center recommend our patients follow the American Optometric Association’s advice: “To help alleviate digital eye strain, follow the 20-20-20 rule; take a 20 second break to view something 20 feet away every 20 minutes.” These “near vision” breaks will allow the focusing mechanism within the eyes to relax and reduce eye strain that has developed while working on the computer. In conjunction with “near vision” breaks, for children and young adults, we recommend the Sync lens series. For individuals with presbyopia, we recommend My Style which is a completely customizable lens that is adaptive to fit the patient’s needs. These lenses are designed to do some of the “heavy lifting” during prolonged periods on the computer. If this is a persistent issue for you, schedule an appointment today.
Digital Eye Strain (DES), also called Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS), is a condition that occurs when the eye is forced to focus on a digital device, such as a TV, desktop computer, laptop, or smartphone, for a lengthy amount of time. A whopping 70% of US adults suffer from the condition, and people aged 18-34 have reported stronger feelings of eyestrain than those in older age groups.