Blog Spotlight: Computer Vision Syndrome

Industry Blog Spotlight: Vision Service Plan

 We’ve written before about the negative effects electronic screens can have on ocular health, as too much time spent starring at computers or mobile devices can lead to dry eyes, back and neck pain, blurred vision, difficulty focusing, and headaches. These symptoms are related to a condition known as computer vision syndrome, said to affect 1 out of every 6 eye exam patients. As mobile devices become more and more prevalent in our daily lives and new generations begin to grow up on iPads, computer vision syndrome is likely to become even more common in the future.

The people at VSP, a vision care insurance provider, have written a blog post and produced a video offering some tips on how to avoid computer vision syndrome. If you work long days on a computer or if you’re a parent with children addicted to Angry Birds, you will find some helpful information at VSP’s blog.

VSP computer vision syndrome blog

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  1. Aug 12, 2011
    2:07 pm

    Findrxonline.comNo Gravatar

    This is true. Most of us, regardless of age, probably cannot live without computers. Yet we are also exposed to some risks. Thanks for this hub.

  2. Aug 15, 2011
    3:28 pm

    Chris Reynolds OptometristNo Gravatar

    This is a great article! I’m very happy that it includes the 18″ rule and an easy way to measure it. That will let people know how far they ought to be from the screen at any given time.
    - Chris Reynolds Optometrist

  3. Aug 16, 2011
    12:56 am

    Emil AndrewNo Gravatar

    Is it useless to use use the radiance screen for preventing the syndrome? I’ve spent 10 hours a day to work in front of my computer, and like you wrote in this post, I do have back and neck pain.

  4. Aug 18, 2011
    7:27 pm

    Kate MalinoskiNo Gravatar

    It is not completely useless to use the radiance screen, as they do reduce some glare and eye strain, but CVS can occur no matter what kind of screen you are using. There are some things you can do to reduce your neck and back pain involving your position, the position of your computer, and a number of other factors. Check out this article by the AOA for some more details

  5. Apr 30, 2012
    10:03 am

    Tudor DaviesNo Gravatar

    Personally, my eye sight is getting worse year on year, by 0.25 per eye. I’m pretty sure it is because the amount of time I spend on a computer. It’s unfortunate but I’m young so am not too worried yet.

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