Computer Vision Syndrome: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment.

Nowadays, especially with the lockdown, an increasing number of people working remotely and basically everyone having extended screen time, a lot of us might develop a condition called COMPUTER VISION SYNDROME (CVS).

Computer Vision Syndrome, also referred to as Digital Eye Strain, describes a group of eye and vision-related problems that occur as a result of prolonged computer, tablet and cellphone usage.

Computer Vision Syndrome
Eyes stressed by computer screen

A lot of us experience eye discomfort and vision problems when viewing digital screens for an extended period of time. This level of discomfort increases with an increase in digital screen time.

The most common symptoms associated with Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) or Digital Eye Strain are but not limited to;

•Eyestrain/pain around the eyes


• Blurred vision

• Dry eyes

• Neck and shoulder pain

. itchy eyes

. Double vision


These symptoms may be caused by:
• Poor lighting

• Glare on a digital screen

• Improper viewing distances

• Poor seating posture

• Uncorrected vision problems

• Level of visual abilities

• Amount of time spent viewing the screen

• A combination of the above factors


Many of these visual symptoms are temporary and would decline after stopping computer or digital device usage.
CVS is treated in a varied number of ways and symptom alleviation can be attained by regular eye checks and making changes to how our digital screens are viewed.

Individuals that do not require glasses for daily activities, would benefit from glasses prescribed specifically for computer use.
For computer use, attention should be paid to lighting conditions, chair comfort, reference material location, position of monitor and use of breaks.


To prevent eyestrain, we should try resting our eyes during prolonged computer usage. The 20-20-20 rule should be adhered to, this rule states that for every 20 minutes of computer usage, look at something 20 feet away or something far from you for 20 seconds.

Source: Dr _Sylvs (Optometrist)

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