What is Computer Vision Syndrome?
Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) is a digital eyestrain that is becoming more and more common. We are all on our computers for work, watching our favorite shows on TV, using tablets for reading the news, and staring at a cell phone for texting. We can spend up to 10 hours a day on a device. This is causing people to start having a strain in their eyes. At our offices in Northeast Philadelphia are seeing more and more patients complaining of issues related to computer use. The pixels and blue light being emitted from these items are causing our eyes to strain.
- Blurry Vision
- Difficulty sleeping
- Gritty or itchy eyes
- Back and neck pain
What Can Be Done for CVS?
There are many solutions to help alleviate some of the pain. Workspace ergonomics, computer glasses, specialized lenses and protective coatings have all been designed to help with relief from blue light. Eye drops and other lubrications can also assist.
Dry Eyes and Computer Vision Syndrome
While we are staring at the screen all day, we even forget to blink. This causes the tear ducts to dry out which in turn causes dry eyes. Water, mucin, and oil levels in the eyes get thrown off. As strange as it may sound, try putting a reminder on your computer to remember to blink. We also advise on the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, stare at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Also, try to remember to close your eyes ever so often to just relax them.
With the increase in computer and handheld device usage over the last few years, eye doctors are understanding how this affects the eye and the strain it causes. It’s important to try some of these tips, from simple life adjustments to medications if you experience discomfort. Remember to tell your eye doctor about your CVS at your next Comprehensive Eye Exam!