Computer Vision Syndrome & Computer Glasses
Eye strain and other symptoms of computer vision syndrome(CVS) don’t occur only in adults. Millions of children work at a computer every day, either at home or in school. Prolonged computer use can stress a child’s eyes and may affect normal vision development.
What are the symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome?
Loss of focus
Neck and shoulder pain
If I dont have symptoms of CVS, do I still need computer eyewear?
Maybe. Even computer users who are not experiencing computer vision syndrome symptoms might benefit from computer glasses.
The study found that computer workers with no visual complaints often experience reduced productivity and accuracy at the computer.
What are the causes of Computer Vision Syndrome?
Eyes and brain reacting differently to characters on a computer screen than they do to printed characters..
Using proper computer eyewear can prevent eye strain.
What can I do about it?
To reduce your risk of computer eye strain and computer vision syndrome, see an optometrist or ophthalmologistwho specializes in computer vision care.
During a computer vision exam, your eye doctor will perform tests to detect any vision problems that might contribute to CVS. Depending on the outcome of the exam, your doctor may prescribe computer eyeglasses to help you work more comfortably at your computer.
Computer glasses eliminate the constant refocusing effort that your eyes go through when viewing the screen.
Almost any style of frame can be used for computer glasses
With studies suggesting that most computer users experience some level of eye discomfort from computer work, it’s reasonable to say that most people who work on a computer more than a couple hours daily could benefit from computer eyewear.
Will my reading glasses give me the same protection?
Reading glasses usually are not the best solution for computer use.
Eyeglasses prescribed for reading typically will optimize your vision at a distance of 14 to 16 inches from your eyes, which is considered the standard reading distance. But for the greatest comfort, your computer screen should be positioned farther away — at a distance of 20 to 24 inches from your eyes. For the best vision at this distance, a different eyeglass prescription is usually required.
Does CVS affect worker productivity?
Yes, research has shown that this is true. Even in cases when a computer worker’s vision correction is only slightly off, productivity and accuracy at the computer can still suffer.
Will wearing computer eyeglasses make my eyes worse?
No. In fact, wearing specially prescribed computer glasses when working at your computer might help keep your eyes from getting worse by reducing excessive focusing demands on your eyes. This is particularly true for teenagers, whose eyes may be more susceptible to progressive nearsightedness from focusing fatigue.