Most studies indicate that between 50% and 90% of computer workers have visual symptoms and problems.
Typical symptoms of computer workers are:
- Double vision
- Blurred near vision
- Blurred distance vision particularly on the drive home or in the evenings
- Dry eyes
- Neck or back ache
Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) is the complex of eye and vision problems related to near work which are experienced during or related to computer use. In most cases, symptoms occur because the visual demands of the task exceed the visual abilities of the individual to comfortably perform the task. The computer requires the user have adequate focusing and eye teaming abilities. Extended and long term use of the computer can erode good visual skills.
The treatment of CVS depends upon the diagnosis and the extent of the problem. The solution may involve:
- Suggestion concerning lighting, posture and other ergonomic issues
- Specially designed glasses just for use at the computer
- Optometric vision therapy
To read more on what the American Optometric Association has to say on children and computers, click here.