What is Computer Vision Syndrome?

The American Optometric Association (AOA) has designated the month of March as 'Save Your Vision' month. It is a perfect time to focus on an exceedingly common condition known as Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) since 82% of Americans work with a computer or hand held device every day.

So what is Computer Vision Syndrome? It is a group of eye and vision-related problems that result from prolonged computer use. Many individuals experience eye discomfort and vision problems when viewing a computer screen for extended periods. The most common symptoms of 'CVS' are headaches, fatigue, dry eyes and blurred vision. So what can be done to alleviate "CVS?"

  • Yearly eye health examination with specific CVS discussion with your Doctor
  • Computer adjustments: distance, angle, lighting, posture, glare reduction
  • Possible use of computer glasses
  • Blinking
  • Using the 20-20-20 Rule

What is the 20 20 20 Rule?

Every 20 minutes - look 20 feet away from your computer, tablet or smart phone - for at least 20 seconds. This helps your eyes readjust to distance and alleviate eye strain. Blinking several times also helps.

Visionworks affiliated Eye Doctors can assess whether you have Computer Vision Syndrome and advise you on treatment options. For a location near you, visit www.visionworks.com.

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