These days, many of us have jobs that require us to view computer screens for hours at a time and that can put a real strain on your eyes. Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) is the term for the cluster of symptoms like sore eyes, blurred vision and fatigue that this may cause.


Anyone who has spent a few hours on the computer has probably felt some of the effects of prolonged time using screens. Working adults aren't the only ones affected. Kids who stare at phones and tablets or use computers during the day at school can have issues too.


Computer work also gets harder as you age as the natural lenses in your eyes becomes less flexible. Somewhere around age 40, your ability to focus on near and far objects will start to diminish.

Common signs and symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome include:

  • Eyestrain

  • Headaches

  • Blurred vision

  • Dry eyes

  • Neck and shoulder pain

A comprehensive eye examination with your Visique optometrist, will be able to come up with solutions to reduce Computer Vision Syndrome. We have lenses, filters, nutrition and posture advice plus visual hygiene tips to make screen use easier. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms or have concerns, come and talk to our team today for advice and to discuss your solutions.



With these simple practices, you can reduce the effects of Computer Vision Syndrome:

  • Make sure the lighting in the room is comfortable on the eyes, and minimise screen reflections so you are not staring into glare on the computer screen.

  • Position the digital display so that your head is in a naturally comfortable position while using.

  • Take regular 'mini' breaks. A few minutes away from the computer can go a long way when it comes to your eyes. Think of it similarly to the way you take stretch breaks for your arms and back.

  • Make sure your seat is comfortable. A comfortable chair with support for your neck and back will help you avoid neck and shoulder strain commonly associated with computer vision syndrome.

  • Have your screen at the correct height and distance when working.

  • Wear the correct type of lenses with appropriate anti fatigue prescription and filters if needed.