Computer Vision Symptoms and Treatments

Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS), also referred to as Digital Eye Strain, is caused by prolonged use of electronics such as computers, tablets, e-readers or smartphones.  Eye discomfort and vision problems seem to increase the longer a person views these screens.

 What Are The Symptoms?

The most common symptoms associated with CVS are:

  • Eye strain
  • Headaches
  • Blurred Vision
  • Dry eyes
  • Neck and shoulder pain

These symptoms may be caused by poor lighting, the glare on a digital screen, viewing screens from the wrong distance, poor posture or the presence of uncorrected vision problems.

 How Is Computer Vision Syndrome Diagnosed?

The best way to diagnose CVS is through a thorough eye examination.  Testing may include a complete patient history and visual acuity measurements, as well as tests to determine how the eyes focus, move and work together.

 How Is CVS Treated?

There are a number of ways to avoid or alleviate the symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome or Digital Eye Strain.

Eye Care

  • Specialized eyeglasses or contact lenses may be required to meet the unique visual demands of the digital viewing.
  • If glasses or lenses do not correct the problems, vision therapy may be required.

Viewing the Computer 

  • Maintaining a screen angle of 20 degrees below eye level is optimal for most people
  • Avoid glare on the computer screen from overhead lighting or windows, or by using anti-glare screens
  • Be sure to maintain a proper seating position with feet flat on the floor
  • Blink frequently to avoid dry eye
  • Try to follow the 20-20-20 rule, in which you take a 20-second break to view something 20 feet away every 20 minutes

Family Vision Development Center understands Computer Vision and can help successfully treat it.  Visit our Aurora location at 452 N Eola Rd, Suite D or call us at 630-862-2020 or click HERE to schedule an appointment online.


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