Workplace Wellness: Computer Vision Syndrome

March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month. Your eye heath is vulnerable to many elements in the workplace. One of the major causes of concern is known as Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) which, according to Cornell University, is the number one complaint of office workers. The AOA reports that 50-90% of computer users suffer from visual symptoms of computer vision syndrome. That makes it more common than carpal tunnel.


Computer Vision Syndrome is caused by poor edge definition on computer screen images that can cause a repetitive refocusing effort for the eye muscles.

Symptoms: Symptoms of CVS include

  • Eyestrain
  • Eye Fatigue
  • Dry Eyes
  • Light Sensitivity
  • Blurred Vision
  • Headaches
  • Double Vision

Treatment: Computer glasses can increase comfort and improve productivity, especially for visually demanding tasks.  Eyestrain can be lessened or even prevented by making changes re-arranging your work space to create better ergonomics.

A few suggestions to reduce eyestrain:

  • Place your screen 20-26 inches away from your eyes and a little bit below eye level
  • Use a document holder placed next to your computer
  • Change your lighting to lower glare and harsh reflections
  • Use an adjustable chair
  • Choose screens that can tilt and swivel.

Computer Vision Syndrome causes decreased productivity and can be costly to companies. Know the symptoms and protect yourself and your employees.

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