Computer Vision Syndrome
5 September, 2020 by
Progno Health Medical Team

What is Computer Vision Syndrome?

Prolonged use of computers can lead to eye strain and other related problems, known as Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS).

Computer vision syndrome (CVS) is a condition resulting from focusing the eyes on a computer or other display device for protracted, uninterrupted periods of time and the eye muscles being unable to recover from the strain due to a lack of adequate sleep. Some symptoms of CVS include headaches, blurred vision, neck pain, fatigue, eye strain, dry eyes, irritated eyes, double vision, vertigo/dizziness, polyuria, and difficulty in refocusing the eyes.

Tips to minimize or avoid CVS:

• Get a comprehensive eye examination done at least once a year.

• Install an anti-glare screen on the monitor.

• Blink often to reduce the risk of dry eyes.

• Sit comfortably and upright on a supportive, adjustable chair.

• Take short, frequent breaks. 

• Stand and stretch to help relieve back shoulder, and neck strain.

• Use proper lifting, with comfortable ambient lighting; try to avoid fluorescent lighting.

• Adjust the screen brightness to about the same as your surrounding area. Also, adjust the contrast setting.

• Every few minutes, look away from the computer screen at something at least 20 feet away for a few seconds. This relaxes your eye's focusing muscle, reducing eye fatigue.

• Consider using computer glasses to increase eye comfort.

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