Computer Vision Syndrome: Diagnosis, Eye Care and Treatment

Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 5-Mar-2013

computervision2It isn’t uncommon to spend at least part of your day working, surfing the web or playing games on your computer or tablet. Unfortunately, people who spend a significant amount of time on the computer may experience vision problems that can be attributed to Computer Vision Syndrome. Eye conditions and vision problems associated with the syndrome may range from eye discomfort, including dry or red eyes, to eyestrain and blurred or even double vision.

If you have experienced dry eyes, headaches, blurred vision or other eye problems after spending time on the computer, contact the Key-Whitman Eye Center to schedule an exam. Computer Vision Syndrome can be diagnosed during a comprehensive eye exam. If you spend time on the computer regularly, at work or for entertainment, take these steps to improve eye care and help prevent computer-related eye problems or Computer Vision Syndrome.

  • Follow the 20/20/20 rule. For every 20 minutes you spend looking at a computer screen, shift your gaze away from the screen and focus on something at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
  • Keep your computer screen at least 25 inches from your face, and position it so you are looking slightly downward at the screen.
  • Try to remember to blink frequently to keeps eyes moist. Artificial tears can also be used to refresh your eyes when they are dry or irritated.
  • Use a screen filter to reduce glare on the screen.
  • Get plenty of sleep. Lack of sleep can worsen computer-related eyestrain. If you spend all day working or studying on the computer, take regular breaks or power naps to rest your eyes.
  • Pay attention to how your eyes feel. If your eyes are tired or sore, it is time to take a break.
  • If you wear contact lenses, try to wear your eyeglasses instead of contacts when working on the computer for long periods of time.


If you have been diagnosed with Computer Vision Syndrome, work with your eye doctor to find solutions to alleviate your vision problems and eyestrain. Treatment for Computer Vision Syndrome may include:

  • Special prescription lenses designated for computer use. Your doctor may even prescribe tinted or coated lenses to help improve your vision while working on the computer.
  • Vision therapy, also known as vision training, may be necessary to treat problems with focus or eye coordination. Through structured activities, vision therapy will train your eyes and brain to work together, improving eye movement, focus and eye-brain connection.
  • Several of the steps to preventing Computer Vision Syndrome may also be used to treat the syndrome, including: relocating computer screen to 15 to 20 degrees below eye level and 20 to 28 inches from the eyes; adjusting lighting to avoid glare; adjusting seating position so feet rest flat on the floor and arms are supported while typing; taking regular breaks and focusing on blinking more often.

If you have been experiencing problems with your vision or eye discomfort, contact Key-Whitman today to schedule a comprehensive eye exam.

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