COMPUTER-RELATED VISION PROBLEMS With so many Americans working remotely on computers each day, up to 90% of them will report eye strain and vision problems, according to the American Optometric Association.

Computer Vision Syndrome is the term coined to refer to a variety of symptoms caused by computer use. Symptoms range from headaches and tired eyes to double vision and neck and shoulder problems. CVS can reduce productivity by as much as 20%. It might seem obvious that when an individual isn’t seeing a computer screen clearly, he or she would not be as productive, but many users are not aware of how much it is affecting them.

Sometimes individuals who do not require the use of eyeglasses for other regular daily activities find that glasses prescribed specifically for computer use are very helpful. Also, individuals already wearing RX glasses or contact lenses may find their regular prescription eyewear inadequate for extended computer viewing. Children can suffer from CVS also, especially now that school is being conducted online.

Ideally we should all be 20-26 inches from our monitor screen, use proper lighting, blink more frequently to keep eyes moist, and follow the 20/20 rule: Every 20 minutes, pause for 20 seconds or more to look in the distance. Special lens designs are available for Rx and NonRx wearers to relieve some of the computer related discomfort. There are specific lens powers or lens tints or lens coatings to minimize blue light exposure and help maximize visual abilities and comfort.

Speak with your eyecare professional for the best remedies for your computer-related vision problems.

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