Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) is actually a range of eye and vision problems that can develop as a result of the hours we spend on our computers, smartphones, and e-readers each day. Also referred to as Digital Eye Strain, CVS is by no means limited to adults. Children use computers at school before playing video games and screen chatting with friends using a variety of electronic devices.
Your optometrists and our experienced staff here at Lock Family Eye Center in West Des Moines know that over 70 percent of Americans who use computers experience the eye strain, irritation and visual fatigue of CVS; those who have preexisting vision problems are even more likely to be affected.
Symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome
When working on a computer, you are forcing your eyes to focus and refocus on digital images, which may be floating on a screen of varying contrasts and reflective glare. Computer users also tend to blink less frequently as well as lean in towards the screen as they work. Signs that your vision may be affected include:
- Blurred vision
- Dry or irritated eyes
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Eye strain
- Double vision
Causes of CVS
- Insufficient lighting for the task
- Incorrect viewing distance from the device
- Poor work-station seating posture
- Uncorrected vision problems such as astigmatism or farsightedness
- Weak or insufficient prescription eyewear used for computer work
- Infrequent rest breaks
Your optometrist in West Des Moines will detect CVS by performing a comprehensive eye examination, which includes:
- A complete patient history- your symptoms, overall health, medications you take, any family history of eye or vision problems
- Refraction- evaluates your need to compensate for errors in the way your eyes focus light
- Visual Acuity measurements- determines the extent CVS has affected your vision
- Further tests may be needed based on the findings of those above
Treatment for CVS
Regular eye examinations are essential to maintaining eye health. Solutions to screen-related visual problems may include:
- Eyeglasses for computer work. Special lens designs, coatings, and tints are available to help alleviate your eye symptoms.
- Vision Therapy or training. A structured series of exercises will help improve your visual abilities.
- Your optometrist will partner with you to create a personalized plan for your computer vision treatment.
Contact Us Today
Drs. Michael and Jenessa Lock and our friendly staff here at Lock Family Eye Care have been providing state-of-the-art, compassionate eye care to patients in the West Des Moines area since 2006. Protecting the vision health of your entire family is our only business.
If you or family members are experiencing CVS symptoms, call us today at (515) 267-1312. We’re here to help.