If you spend a lot of time on a computer screen, you may have noticed some recurring issues. It is likely that these issues are symptoms of computer vision syndrome (CVS) or digital eye syndrome, which occurs when a person spends too long looking at any type of screen. This is a common syndrome that is not biased of age or gender. Below is more information on this far too prevalent issue.

The most common symptoms associated with CVS are dryness, eyestrain, headaches, blurry vision, neck and shoulder pain, and sleeplessness. Of course, there is much overlap with other conditions, but they almost always occur in people suffering from CVS. The main cause of this syndrome is exposure to digital devices, which by extension includes:

  • Dangerous levels of blue-violet light rays
  • Improper lighting in one’s work area
  • Glare from screens
  • Improper viewing distance
  • Other untreated ocular issues

Eyestrain can be different for adults and children, but there are some ways to prevent the symptoms of CVS:

  • Wearing glasses with a blue blocker coating while using a screen which block harmful blue-violet light emitted by digital screens
  • Using the 20-20-20 rule! Every 20 minutes, focus on something 20 feet away for 20 seconds and give your eyes a break!. 
  • Limit your screen time as much as possible, including smartphone and tablet time, especially for children.
  • Have your vision checked by your eyecare professional if you experience issues such as blurred vision, redness or tearing.

The average individual spends 6-7 hours a day looking at a computer, television, or phone screen.  No wonder that CVS impacts a large percentage of the population! If you have experienced any of the above symptoms, contact our optometrist in Victoria today about how we can take steps to protect your eyes in the future.