What Causes Computer Vision Syndrome?
The always-on communication and entertainment devices that we've come to depend upon can all cause computer vision syndrome (CVS) including laptops, desktop computers, smartphones, tablets, and more. To make eye strain even worse, we often use these devices in varied lighting conditions, that are not ideal--and screen brightness may be set to dim or too bright for comfort.
How Common is CVS?
Also known as Digital Eye Strain, CVS affects up to 90 percent of computer users, causing them to experience visual disturbances and uncomfortable symptoms. Most of our patients at Alpine Vision have at least one symptom of computer eyestrain.
What Are the Symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome?
- Red eyes
- Dry eyes
- Blurred vision
- Neck and shoulder pain
How Can I Make My Computer Use Less Damaging to My Eyes?
Adjust your environment to make it easy to view your screen while you sit or stand comfortably, with these tips:
- When sitting in your chair, make sure your feet can rest on the ground and your wrists are slightly above your keyboard. Use a footrest or keyboard stand if necessary.
- Adjust the position, angle, and intensity of room lighting for comfortable viewing. Change bulbs and open or close window blinds if needed.
- Use an anti-glare screen or a filter, if necessary.
- Set your desk height so the middle of your computer screen is approximately 4 inches below your eye level.
- If you are referring to documents repeatedly while using the computer, position them level with your screen, or below screen level and above keyboard level, and just move your eyes (not the whole head and neck) when referencing the document.
- The optimal distance between your eyes and the device’s screen is between 20 and 28 inches, although font size and other factors may require a different distance.
What Treatments Work for Computer Vision Symptoms?
Also known as Digital Eye Strain, CVS symptoms can be alleviated or prevented by:
- Seeing your optometrist for an annual eye exam
- Requesting special computer glasses
- Doing eye exercises if instructed to do so by our Colorado Springs eye doctor, or considering vision therapy or training if your optometrist recommends.
- Using prescription dry eye medication if necessary or use over-the-counter artificial tears if recommended by our optometrists.
- Taking a break every two hours during extended computer or device use and giving your eyes 15 minutes to do something else besides stare at a screen.
- Taking 30 seconds every half hour to focus on a far away object, when using your digital devices.
- Blinking often to prevent your eyes from drying out.
How Does Computer Vision Syndrome Affect My Overall Health?
Computer Vision Syndrome causes certain other health problems or makes them worse, such as anxiety and stress, poor posture, headache and body pain. Getting treatment for CVS will help your whole body feel better.
Call Alpine Vision in Colorado Springs, Windsor, or Falcon Today!
When you've finished reading this FAQ, call your nearest Alpine Vision location in Colorado Springs (719-520-3333), Windsor (970-460-0220), or Falcon (719-495-6611). We'll provide an eye exam, personalized treatments, and prevention advice for your computer vision syndrome.