Computer Eye Strain or Computer Vision Syndrome
Computer vision syndrome is a vision syndrome related to the eyes focusing at a computer for extended period of time. This leads to symptoms such as eye strain, blurred vision, tired eyes, irritation, red eyes, headaches, and neck pain. Most people who spend a few hours a day working on a computer complain of computer vision syndrome.
Conditions That Can Contribute to Computer Vision Syndrome
If you have problems with computer eye strain, you need to have an eye exam to make sure that you do not have a refractive error (need eye glasses) or a change in your prescription if you are wearing glasses.
Dry Eye Syndrome
People with dry eyes have more problems with computer vision syndrome due to their eyes drying out further while starring at the computer.
As people near the age of forty, they lose the ability to focus from distance to near. This contributes to the eye strain and headaches related to computer vision syndrome.
Poor lighting, air conditioning vents blowing in the direction of the worker, position of the computer, and desk configuration can exacerbate computer vision syndrome.
Treatment of Computer Vision Syndrome
Dry Eye Syndrome
This can be treated with artificial tears, Restasis®, and punctal plugs.
Changes in lighting, air conditioning, computer location and desk arrangement should be changed.
Glasses Designed for Computer Vision Syndrome
Anti-Glare or Reflective Coatings
Anti-Reflective coatings help to reduce glare that is present in the work environment.
Tint in glasses can help reduce glare from lights.
Occupational Progressive Lenses
There are progressive no line bifocals that are specifically designed for computer work. These are excellent for people who are over the age of forty and who spend significant time working on computers.
Glasses focused for the exact distance of the computer can be beneficial for people who need reading glasses.
There are glasses designed for work on the computer that have a specific shape and tint for computer work.
If you are experiencing computer vision syndrome, there are ways to help improve your symptoms. You need to rule out any eye problems, check your working environment, and different types of glasses designed for computers. Ask your eye doctor or optician about your options.