Computer vision syndrome is a real documented condition. Please see: “Computer Vision Syndrome“. A syndrome is defined as a collection of signs and symptoms observed in a single condition or disease.
Computer Vision Syndrome
- Eyestrain – The muscles of the inner eye may tighten and cause fatigue, red eyes, eye pain, blurred vision, headache, and double vision.
- Blurry vision – Blurred vision is a loss of clarity of vision and the inability to discriminate details. Blurry vision can be related to the inability of the eyes to maintain a steady focus on a computer screen for a significant amount of time.
- Headaches – The brightness and contrast of the monitor’s glare are hard on the eyes.
- Dry eyes – Studies show people tend to blink about half as much as normal when they are working on a computer.
- Double vision – Staring at a computer screen for too long may cause double vision.
- Neck &shoulder pain – Poor posture, slumping and slouching can lead to neck and back pain. Also, if you wear glasses with a bifocal while at the computer, you may unknowingly be tilting your head in various ways in order to see the screen clearly. This can become a literal pain in the neck!
How common is it?
- There are more than 10 Million visits to eye doctors every year for computer vision syndrome complaints.
- If you spend more than 2 hours daily in front of a computer you have a 90% chance to develop computer vision syndrome
- Computer eyestrain is usually the first computer-related complaint
- Workers in developed countries spend 6+ hours using a computer and even more on tablets, smartphones and other electronic devices daily.
- To minimize the effect of computer-related eye problems, remember the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes take a 20-second break and look at an object at least 20 feet away.
Dr. Matthew Ozment
Optometrist, Broken Arrow OK