Computer Vision Syndrome
What is Computer Vision Syndrome?
Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) is a term that describes vision-related problems and other symptoms caused by prolonged computer use. As our dependence on computers continues to grow, an increasing number of people are seeking medical attention for eye strain and irritation, along with back, neck and shoulder soreness.
Who is affected by CVS?
Anyone who spends more than two hours a day in front of the computer screen is likely to experience some degree of CVS. Young children playing computer games over long hours and people over 40 years working on computers are more susceptible than others. Those with refractive errors, binocular vision problems, focusing disorders, dry eye disease, etc, are likely to suffer from worse symptoms of CVS as compared to others.
What are the symptoms of CVS?
Symptoms of CVS may vary from person to person depending on various factors such as age, hours of computer usage, etc.
Common symptoms include:
- Difficulty in reading/writing, even with reading glasses, if any
- Blurred vision
- Double vision
- Discomfort to light
- Redness, watering of eyes
- Itching, burning of eyes
- Neck/shoulder pain