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Computer Vision Syndrome

Computer Vision Syndrome Now Affects Many

Computer Vision Syndrome describes a group of eye and vision-related problems that result from prolonged computer use. Many individuals experience eye discomfort and vision problems when viewing a computer screen for extended periods. Somewhere between 50% and 90% of people who work at a computer screen now have at least some symptoms of eye trouble. Adults aren’t the only ones vulnerable to computer vision syndrome. Children who stare at portable video games or who use computers throughout the day at school or at home can also experience eye problems directly related to computer and video game use.

Common Symptoms

Computer Vision Syndrome Can Cause Long-Term or Permanent Eye Problems

The eye’s natural focal point lies about 20 feet in front of the face. However, most people sit less than two feet from their computer screen. This forces a ring of eye muscles to continuously contract in order to redirect focus. If you stare at any sort of flat-screen display for hours, those eye muscles can become so overworked they can’t relax, even after you look away. The resulting “blurred” vision, which is a main Computer Vision Syndrome symptom, often clears up in as little as a few seconds, but if you hit this point several times each day, the short-term nearsightedness could become longer-term or even permanent.

A Few Easy Steps to Help Relieve Computer Vision Syndrome
Here are some simple steps you can take to help minimize the impact of Computer Vision Syndrome:

Schedule an Eye Exam to Protect Yourself or Your Family

To help protect you or your family from the affects of Computer Vision Syndrome call us today to schedule a comprehensive eye exam.