Treatment for Computer Vision Syndrome

Computer vision syndrome (CVS) is a group of eye problems. The problems can include eyes that itch and tear and are dry and red. Your eyes may feel tired. You may not be able to focus well. With CVS, these problems are the result of a lot of computer use. Use of e-readers and smartphones may also cause these problems. CVS is very common. Both children and adults can have symptoms of CVS.

Types of treatment

Treatment is done by making changes in your use of your computer screen. Changes may include:

  • Resting your eyes at least 15 minutes after each 2 hours of computer use

  • Following the 20-20-20 rule, which means looking away from the computer into the distance 20 feet for at least 20 seconds every 20 minutes

  • Enlarging the text on your computer screen

  • Reducing glare from nearby light sources

  • Using a screen glare filter

  • Using a flat-screen monitor

  • Placing your screen so that the center is 4 to 5 inches below your eye level

  • Placing your screen so that it's 20 to 28 inches from your eye

  • Remembering to blink often

Your healthcare provider will also treat any health problems that can cause dry eye and CVS, such as allergies or thyroid disease. You may need to take steps to reduce dry eye. This may include:

  • Wearing lenses to correct your vision

  • Using lubricating eye drops

  • Using a humidifier

  • Drinking plenty of water

  • Taking a prescription medicine to increase tear production

Preventing computer vision syndrome

Take steps to make changes in how you use your computer. See your eye care provider once a year for a checkup. See your healthcare provider to help manage health conditions that can lead to CVS.

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