As more and more people work with computers for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, computer vision syndrome is a problem many people experience, but not many people realize.
Computer Vision Syndrome describes a group of eye and vision-related problems that result from prolonged computer use. Many people experience eye discomfort and vision problems when viewing a computer screen for extended periods. The level of discomfort appears to increase with the amount of computer use.
Symptoms associated with computer vision syndrome are:
- blurred vision
- dry eyes
- neck and shoulder pain
Computer vision syndrome is diagnosed through a comprehensive eye examination. This includes patient history to determine if the symptoms stem from other factors, visual acuity measurements to determine how the vision has been affected, refraction to determine what lens is needed to fix the vision, and testing how the eyes focus, move, and work together.
Computer vision syndrome treatment is varied depending on the patient. It can usually be alleviated through regular eye care or changes in your computer screen habits.