Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS), also known as digital eye strain, occurs when people spend excessive time in front of a computer screen or on digital devices such as tablets, e-readers, and smartphones. Staring at a computer screen is not akin to reading a book.
When we stare at a screen for extended periods our rate of eye-blinking significantly decreases. The ocular fatigue attributed to this reduced blinking strains our eyes. Factors that contribute to this eye fatigue include:
There are many misconceptions about digital eye strain. These include:
There is no conclusive evidence to support these assertions. Evidence shows that the effects of CVS are temporary and that they do not lead to serious ocular complications. Most importantly, the reason we experience these symptoms is our misuse of digital devices. By changing our behaviors we can reduce the effects.
In today's technological age where many people work long hours in front of computers, digital eye strain has become more common. The following article will explain basic facts about this condition, how to recognize its signs, and how to treat it.
CVS is caused by excessive exposure to digital devices over extended periods of time, which leads to eye fatigue. As we have shown, there are many steps you can take to reduce or eliminate symptoms such as by reducing screen glare, improving ergonomics, blinking more, taking breaks, and preventing your eyes from overdrying.
Digital eye strain is not considered harmful and the symptoms are not permanent although the effects can be annoying, painful, and uncomfortable.
There is no conclusive evidence that blue light causes eye strain or that special blue light glasses can alleviate the symptoms. If you believe that you are experiencing CVS symptoms, schedule a comprehensive eye examination to find out more. With proper diagnosis and treatment, you can reduce or eliminate the effects.
If you would like to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced optometrists, you can reach out to your nearest Amplify EyeCare practice either via a call or in-person visit. Our team of eye care professionals is ready and equipped to provide you with the care you need.