Computer Vision Syndrome

By: Jessica Aspiras
By: Jessica Aspiras

Computer Vision Syndrome, or CVS, is becoming more common nowadays. Optometrist Dr. Lee Rigel, of VisionCare Associates, says he sees several more patients complaining of eye and neck pain.

"You can hardly go into a workplace today and not see somebody working on the terminal. Inevitably they will say our eyes are really tired and they're losing focus. I just can't keep things clear towards the end of the day. Plus they have to make head movements to make things clear on the screen. Do that for several hours and you'll literally have a pain in the neck."

Most doctors advise getting occupational glasses to help your eyes focus when you're at a computer. But the cost of the glasses can set you back $80-$250. So other recommendations to prevent CVS is to take breaks every hour, stretch, blink your eyes frequently, and adjust the screen to eye level.

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