Computer vision syndrome also known as digital eye strain or computer eyes strain is a type of eye strain that’s caused by prolonged use of digital screens. Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS), is afflicting more and more people who find themselves constantly in front of computer screens. Eye health professionals have yet to find CVS as a cause of any permanent eye damage, the pain and discomfort associated with the problem can affect workplace performance or the enjoyment of home and other activities.
The main causes of Computer Vision Syndrome include an unsuitable environment and the improper use of eyeglasses or contact lenses or focusing on a digital screen for a long time such as smartphones, laptops, tablets, computers.
A person with computer vision syndrome doesn’t need to completely give up their screen time. The way a person views a digital screen can make be of importance. This condition can cause specific vision and eye problems, such as: dry eyes, double vision, itchy, red, or tearing eyes, blurry vision, headaches, eye fatigue, muscle aches, backaches.
A person is more likely to computer vision syndrome if you view a digital screen for 2 or more hours in a row. Digital screens cause a person's eyes to work harder than normal. This can be as a result of various factors such as the screen content being less sharp, poor contrast on the screen content against the background, reflections of glare bouncing off the screen.
To help alleviate digital eyestrain, follow the 20-20-20 rule that is take a 20-second break to view something 20 feet away every 20 minutes.
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