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COMPUTER VISION SYNDROME

Do computers damage vision?

A condition that some call “Computer Vision Syndrome” (CVS) can be caused by the effort of looking at the computer screen during several hours cause. 60 million people around the world suffer eye problems related to computer use. This number rises by one million people year after year.

 
The eyes have constantly to focus and refocus when looking at the screen to keep images well defined. And this demands extreme effort from the eye muscles.

 


SYMPTOMSY

ou could be suffering CVS if you experience the following symptoms:

 

  • Redness in the eyes
  • Fatigue
  • Eye strain
  • Headaches
  • Dry eyes
  • Difficulty refocusing the eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Neck and shoulder pain.

 

CHILDREN’S EYE CARE

According to the American Optometric Association children could be more vulnerable to this condition. They are very adaptable and tend to ignore the vision problems that adults notice better. Experts recommend that computer users should view the screen slightly downward, at a 15-degree angle and at a 50 cm distance. 


TREATMENT

Before considering Computer Vision Syndrome, it is important to visit an eye care professional at FUDEM for a thorough eyes examination. It is only after the problem has been diagnosed that treatment can be recommended.

 

USE OF SPECIAL EYEGLASSES

Prescription lenses could be insufficient to work with a computer. Most of the lenses do not have the compensation for the intermediate zone of the computer screen. Reading glasses only correct the near-sighted vision, and bifocals correct the far-sighted and near-sighted vision. To relieve some of the symptoms, many experts recommend the use of eyeglasses made especially for the use with computer screens.



TAKE A BREAKCVS

could be prevented taking breaks from computer use every hour. To look around for a few minutes will increase blinking and will let the eyes rest.



REGULAR EYE EXAMINATIONS

Computer Vision Syndrome can be prevented with the use of special eyeglasses and taking breaks from the computer. FUDEM recommends taking regular eye examinations.