Health Guide | Computer Vision Syndrome



A lot of young people are having eye problems. This is one the reasons.(CVS)

You may not be familiar with this syndrome and the fact is we are all prone to it especially in this computer age where nearly all of us work on computers or on our phones.

So what’s “Computer vision syndrome?” (CVS) is a series of eye strain and conditions that results from focusing the eyes on a computer or other devices for a long period of time without interruption and this results into straining of the eyes muscle due to lack of adequate sleep or rest of the muscles. We all would agree that when we are on our computer or other display devices, we tend not to blink our eyes that much and we are constantly exposed to bright light from the computer and other mobile device and this causes strain to build up in the eyes which results to CVS. Although, any and everyone is prone to CVS, people who already have one or two eye defects and uses glasses are more prone to CVS.

Symptoms of CVS includes;

•Headache, •Blurred vision •Double vision •Dry red eyes •Eyes irritation •Neck or back pain

How can CVS be prevented?

Reduce the brightness; Reducing the brightness of your computer’s screen or your devices is a way of preventing CVS. Go for a dimmer light instead of a bright light and shield your computer from glare. But note, do not go for a very dim light in which you equally have to strain your eyes.

How about your positioning?; The recommended screen positioning is a distance of 35–40 inches from the eyes and display unit where the centre of the screen should be placed 5–6 inches below eye level.

Take frequent breaks; Instead of focusing on your computer or other devices for hours, take constant breaks. At least take a break of few minutes ever hour or half an hour, focus your eyes on a distance object, preferably 20 feet farther away from you for few seconds(20 seconds) or close your eyes for few minutes and rest your back, this way you would be reducing the strain on your eyes and your neck.

Constant blinking; Let this become a part of you, while working on your computer, make it a rule to blink constantly, this way you would be reducing the build up of a strain on your eyes.

Visit your ophthalmologist; As someone who is exposed to the computer and other devices constantly, then visit to your ophthalmologist should be what you enjoy doing. Why? So your doctor would be able to detect the early build up of strain in your eyes.

Get a computer glasses; Yes there are lot of glasses out there that helps to prevent CVS and they come in different types so you will surely find one that suits you.

Treatment of CVS – Treatment depends on the diagnosis and symptoms, but the ultimate symptoms for someone that already has this syndrome is the usage of recommended glasses and note that, this type of glasses would be different from that of prevention. While that of prevention can be gotten online or without prescription, that of treatment can be gotten by the ophthalmologist’s prescription after series of tests.


Thank you for stopping by for some Health Guide with – Oyebisi Oyelami

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