What Is Computer Vision Syndrome?

Woman looking at a laptop computer

The collection of problems, mostly eye and vision-related, associated with computer use are called Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS). Symptoms include eye strain, dry eyes, blurred vision, red or pink eyes, burning, light sensitivity, headaches, and pain in the shoulders, neck and back.

Statistics on digital overload show:

  • 70% of Americans use two or more devices at the same time
  • American adults spend more than nine hours a day on digital devices
  • Nearly 65% of American adults complain of headaches, neck/shoulder pain, and eyestrain when using digital devices

According to the American Optometric Association, “In most cases, symptoms of CVS or Digital Eye Strain occur because the visual demands of the task exceed the visual abilities of the individual to comfortably perform them. At greatest risk for developing CVS or Digital Eye Strain are those persons who spend two or more continuous hours at a computer or using a digital screen device every day.”

To reduce the symptoms of eyestrain, headaches, blurred vision, dry eyes, neck and shoulder pain, schedule an eye exam and discuss your options with your doctor. Harvard Eye Associates now has specialized testing for measuring the degree of misalignment of your eyes at distance and near, that may contribute to CVS.

If your eyes aren’t in sync, the brain must do the work to compensate for the misalignment. Specialty prescription lenses, called neurolenses®, add a contoured prism to bring your eyes into alignment to relieve headaches, neck/shoulder pain, and eyestrain often caused by using digital devices, reading, or doing detail work.

Call (949) 951-2020 to schedule an exam today and learn about your options to reduce the symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome.