Treatment for Computer Vision Syndrome

Computer vision syndrome (CVS), or digital eyestrain, describes several eye and vision issues, including pain and eye redness. The eyes feel uncomfortable or tired, and you may have difficulty focusing normally. 

The problems occur due to the constant use of computers or digital devices. There has been an increase in CVS in the last few decades among children and adults. Discover treatment for computer vision syndrome. 

Computers and Vision Problems 


When using computers and other digital devices, the eyes follow a repetitive path, leading to eye problems. The situation is worse the longer the movement continues. The eyes must focus and refocus as they react to images that are constantly changing, moving, and shifting focus. 

It strains the eye muscles, a situation made worse by glare and flickers from the screen. Less frequent blinking causes the eyes to become dry, blurring the vision. As people age, the eye lens becomes less flexible, and the ability to focus becomes more difficult. 

Causes of Computer Vision Syndrome 


Several factors can lead to computer vision syndrome. They include bad lighting, screen glare, and poor posture when using the computer. Uncorrected vision issues and looking at the computer from the wrong angle and distance can contribute to eyestrain. 

People tend to blink less often when using computer devices, which can lead to dry eye and CVS. People who spend hours a day using the computer are at high risk of developing the condition.

Symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome 


CVS can lead to various symptoms, including:

  • Double vision

  • Blurry vision

  • Dry eye and eye discomfort

  • Eye fatigue and itching

  • Eye tearing

  • Eye redness

  • Headaches

  • Neck and shoulder pain

Most symptoms of CVS are temporary and go away when you stop using the device. Some symptoms continue for a long time and may require treatment. 

Diagnosing Computer Vision Syndrome

An eye doctor will diagnose computer vision syndrome after a comprehensive eye exam that includes a health history. An assessment of symptoms, any health conditions, current medications, and environmental factors is essential. 

Testing vision sharpness, how the eyes work together, and eye focus is crucial during diagnosis. A detailed examination includes pupil dilation and using an ophthalmoscope to examine the back of the eye. The doctor may recommend further blood tests to determine whether you have health issues causing CVS. 

Treatment for Computer Vision Syndrome

Treatment mainly depends on the underlying cause of the problems. The doctor may recommend resting your eyes frequently when using digital devices as an initial solution. Using the 20-20-20 rule when using the computer is helpful. It means looking at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds every 20 minutes. 

Improving sitting posture, using a screen glare filter, and blinking often will help reduce symptoms. Management options include lubricating eye drops, increasing humidity, treating allergies, drinking more fluids, and taking prescription medications.  

If you have an underlying eye health problem, it can exacerbate computer vision syndrome. The condition is more common in women than men, and the risk increases with age. Some health issues and medications can increase the risk of dry eye, which can be a symptom of CVS. Symptoms of the condition worsen if the underlying issues are not resolved. 

For more about treatment for computer vision syndrome, visit Seabert Eye Care at our Burleson, Texas, office. Call (817) 857-8700 to schedule an appointment today.