Computer Vision Syndrome

Providing CVS Treatment to Residents in Raleigh, NC, Durham, NC & Chapel Hill, NC

Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS), also referred to as Digital Eye Strain, is defined as a “complex of eye and vision problems related to near work which are experienced during or related to computer use.” CVS is the result of many conditions, including individual vision problems, poor workplace conditions, and improper work habits.

At the Eye Institute of NC in Durham, NC, our doctors have experience working with patients suffering from computer vision syndrome.

Computer Vision Syndrome Chapel Hill, NC

Computer Vision Syndrome Symptoms vary but may include the following:

• Eyestrain, or asthenopia, which may be characterized as uncomfortable, painful, and irritable vision
• Headaches, which most often occur toward the front of the head and toward the middle or end of the day
• Blurred vision
• Dry and irritated eyes
• Slow refocusing
• Neck and/or backache
• Light sensitivity, which is an adverse reaction to light most likely due to glare
• Double vision

Computer vision syndrome can be diminished or eliminated through education and common sense.

Here are a few suggestions to reduce the symptoms of CVS:

Blink. Studies have shown that blinking occurs less frequently when concentrating on a task. Blinking not only cleans and re-wets the eye surface, but also allows the eye to rest. Being aware of this and concentrating on maintaining a normal blinking rate will help to ease symptoms.

Take breaks. Taking mini-breaks where you look away from your terminal and/or stretch will help ease the stress on your eyes and your body. Try to follow the 20/20/20 rule: After 20 minutes of computer use, consider 20 seconds of rest and look at objects about 20 feet away (e.g. look out a window).

Position the screen at a comfortable angle and distance. Research differs on the correct position of the display screen in relation to your eyes, but the center of the screen should be about 5-10 inches below your horizontal line of sight to reduce the stress on your eyes.

Use anti-glare devices. There are many devices, such as screens and glasses, designed to minimize glare.
If you are suffering from CVS contact the doctors at the Eye Institute of NC in Durham, NC today!
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