What is Computer Vision Syndrome?

If you’ve ever stared at your computer screen for an extended period of time, you know it can affect your eyes. But did you know this condition has a name? It’s called Computer Vision Syndrome, and it describes the discomfort and vision problems that can result from looking at a screen for too long. According to the American Optometric Association, symptoms of CVS include eye strain, headaches, dry eyes, blurred vision and neck/shoulder pain.

The extent of the discomfort is directly correlated to the length of time spent in front of the screen, along with your visual ability levels. People who have uncorrected farsightedness or astigmatism often have worsened symptoms. One of the reasons computer screens can cause vision problems is because of the glare they cast. Additionally, poor posture and lighting can be contributing factors, as well as the distance at which the screen is viewed. In most cases, the symptoms are temporary and will fade after you stop using the computer.

However, some people continue to have reduced/blurred vision and should take steps to correct the problem as soon as possible. If this sounds like your situation, you should make an appointment to talk to an optometrist on your True Care Advantage plan about your symptoms.


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