Computer Vision Syndrome

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(KTVI) - CVS is more than the name of a pharmacy, it's also the initials for Computer Vision Syndrome. That's what you get when you improperly use a computer for long periods of time.

New data from the American Optometric Association’s (AOA) 2012 American Eye-Q® consumer survey indicates 60 percent of parents estimate their children spend up to four hours per day at home or in school looking at a computer or digital device screen.  With smart phones, tablets and other digital tools being incorporated into daily school curriculums, it’s no wonder students are spending so much time using these devices.

Continuous or prolonged use of these common devices can lead to computer vision syndrome (CVS), which may include eye strain, headaches, fatigue, burning or tired eyes, loss of focus, blurred vision, double vision or head and neck pain.  Pre-existing, uncorrected vision problems like farsightedness and astigmatism, difficulty with focusing or eye coordination can also contribute to discomfort associated with computer vision syndrome.

Dr. Gary Meier of Illinois Eye Surgeons explains ways to avoid CVS including:

  • Properly positioning the height and distance of a computer or digital device
  • Checking for glare on screens
  • Taking frequent visual breaks
  • Remembering to blink
  • Visiting an optometrist yearly

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