February 21, 2023

COMPUTER VISION SYNDROME: What is it & how does it affect you?

Are you constantly experiencing eye strains, blurred vision, absent-mindedness, and shoulder and neck pains? Ever heard of Computer Vision Syndrome? Many people have not but if you spend loads of time in front of screens, you should keep reading.

According to various studies, Computer Vision Syndrome [CVS] is estimated to affect 50-90% of computer users. The exact percentage can depend on several factors, such as the type of work, the amount of time spent in front of a screen, and the individual’s age and eye health. Additionally, it is common among those who use digital screens for extended periods of time, such as for entertainment or gaming. The prevalence of CVS is expected to increase as technology continues to play an increasingly significant role in our daily lives.

The symptoms of CVS include eye strain, headache, blurred vision, dry eyes, neck and shoulder pain, and trouble focusing. It is caused by the prolonged use of digital screens, which emit blue light and can cause glare, as well as the repetitive eye movements required for screen use. 

The symptoms are similar to those of other vision-related disorders such as nearsightedness or farsightedness and cannot be caused by eyestrain from reading or performing tasks like sewing.

The condition also involves a person’s inability to accurately perceive the world around them. If left untreated, CVS can cause a number of multiple health issues.

The causes of CVS are not entirely understood, but many experts believe that it is due to a combination of factors including:

– Physical factors like eye fatigue or eye strain.

– Cognitive factors like stress and anxiety.

– Environmental factors like poor lighting conditions or glare.

CVS symptoms can be severe enough that they can interfere with your ability to see clearly or make it difficult for you to perform daily tasks such as driving or reading in dim light.

If you’re spending extended periods of time on your computer, it’s important to take steps to protect your eyes from damage.

It’s recommended to take frequent breaks, adjust screen brightness and contrast, use an anti-glare screen, and practice good posture and eye hygiene to prevent it from happening. Read more about Eye problems and how to avoid them.

CVS can be treated with a combination of Behavioral modifications, Environmental modifications, Optical devices, Medication, and Vision therapy.
It’s important to note that CVS is a complex condition and the best treatment approach will vary depending on the individual’s specific symptoms and needs. If you’re experiencing symptoms of CVS, it’s recommended to see an eye doctor for an evaluation and appropriate treatment.

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