Computer Vision Syndrome


Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) is a complex of eye and vision related symptoms that are the direct result of prolonged computer use. People suffering from computer vision syndrome often complain of the following symptoms:

Tired woman in front of laptop computer

  • Headaches
  • Eyestrain
  • Blurred vision
  • Double vision
  • Fatigue
  • Dry eyes
  • Neck or backache
  • Blurred vision driving home from work

Effective treatment of this syndrome involves a thorough visual evaluation to determine if lenses designed to be used for the computer would alleviate the symptoms. When people wear their distance glasses that are prescribed for seeing 20 feet and beyond for a computer set 22 inches away, they put themselves under excessive focusing demands. This chronic near centered activity can also erode even good visual skills. The solution to this modern day dilemma may involve the following:

  • Discussion and suggestions regarding:
  • Use of the proper lighting
  • Correct chair height
  • Posture and working distance
  • Glasses designed for use at the computer
  • Optometric vision therapy