What is Computer Vision Syndrome?
I recently read a blog post that covered a topic that we frequently discuss in our office – Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS). In the blog post, Dr. Kendall Donaldson shared some interesting observations about how we spend most of our lives looking at screens – computers, tablets, smart phones, TVs, movies, video games – and, in turn, many patients are experiencing CVS, whether they realize it or not.
Computer Vision Syndrome, also called Digital Eye Strain, is a condition that results using digital devices for extended periods of time. Below are answers to some frequently asked questions about CVS:
What are the symptoms?
Who is at risk?
With the increased use of electronic devices, anyone can suffer from CVS.
What can I do to relieve the symptoms?
The first step would be scheduling an exam with your eye care professional. Early intervention can help determine any underlying issues and determine the best course of action for relief. Other tips to help prevent or relieve the symptoms of CVS include:
- Take frequent breaks from your computer or handheld device
- Make sure you have good lighting so your eyes aren’t straining
- Position your chair so you’re looking downward at your computer screen
- Be sure to blink
As your eye care specialist, the professionals at Ludwick Eye Center educate all patients about factors that can affect your vision. We can also make recommendations about treatment to help relieve your symptoms. Please contact us should you have any concerns or questions about your vision.
Glen Elliott, O.D. – May 2016