What Is Computer Vision Syndrome?

According to a recent New York Times article, approximately 70 million people are at risk for computer vision syndrome (CVS) — also known as digital eye strain — which is used to describe vision-related issues that result from prolonged computer, tablet or cell phone use.

The article cites medical research that indicates 70 to 90 percent of people who use computers more than three hours a day have one or more symptoms of CVS — and not all are vision related.

The New York Times reports, “Still, the most common computer-related complaint involves the eyes, which can develop blurred or double vision as well as burning, itching, dryness and redness, all of which can interfere with work performance.”

Computer screen or monitor position, brightness, distance and external light sources can all impact vision. To learn tips on how to avoid eye strain, read the full article, “Computer Vision Syndrome Affects Millions.”