Computer Vision Syndrome

Did you know that computer vision syndrome is one of the leading diseases that are faced by the professionals everywhere? Computer has become so close to people that they can’t escape from it. Many of us spend countless hours every day staring at the computer screen and this can have dire consequences for our overall health. Recent reports estimate that around 80% of all computer users suffer from eye strain symptoms. This is alarming as it can severely affect the average person’s workload and their health too. Many people who suffer from eye strain because of their computer monitors will lose many countless hours of work every week. Many of those affected by computer eye strain will need to take many breaks during the day and this can have a real negative impact on their work.

There are many causes for these eye strain symptoms but the main culprit is the computer monitor.

  • Overall bodily fatigue or tiredness
  • Burning eyes
  • Dry, tired, or sore eyes
  • Squinting helps when looking at the computer
  • Neck, shoulder, or back pain
  • Double vision
  • Headaches during or after working at the computer
  • Distance vision is blurry when looking up from the computer

As well as the monitor being the cause there are other factors too like poor workplace conditions and improper work habits. When combined, these situations can lead to a worker being overwhelmed by eye strain problems. Many of these computers are positioned behind windows and this can cause all sorts of problems due to daylight reflecting off the screen and directly into their eyes. When positioning your computer in the workplace, you should always face it away from direct daylight; if you can’t face it away then tilt it at an angel so that the light is reflected away from the eyes.

Some individuals have to wear glasses prescribed specifically for computer use. In addition, persons already wearing glasses may find their current prescription does not provide optimal vision for viewing a computer.

Eyeglasses or contact lenses prescribed for general use may not be adequate for computer work. Lenses prescribed to meet the unique visual demands of computer viewing may be needed. Special lens designs, lens powers or lens tints or coatings may help to maximize visual abilities and comfort.

A program of vision therapy may be needed to treat these specific problems. Vision therapy, also called visual training, is a structured program of visual activities prescribed to improve visual abilities. It trains the eyes and brain to work together more effectively. These eye exercises help remediate deficiencies in eye movement, eye focusing and eye teaming and reinforce the eye-brain connection. Treatment may include office-based as well as home training procedures.