Do You Have Computer Vision Syndrome?

Revised and Updated by Seth Preston on: September 27, 2019

The modern workplace has evolved with the advent of new technologies. The computer, a staple in all offices, is heralded by many as the most important creation since automobiles. Not only does the average employee have access to innumerable programs, but has access to a seemingly infinite pool of information at their disposal. Although the computer is a mighty tool, we are unfortunately not acclimated to stare at a screen for an elongated period of time.

Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) is a common problem in the modern workplace as we continue to have a reliance on our computers to complete everyday tasks.

Below stated by the graphic, are the common symptoms associated with CVS.

Computer Vision Syndrome symptoms

These symptoms may be caused by:

  • poor lighting
  • glare on a digital screen
  • improper viewing distances
  • poor seating posture
  • uncorrected vision problems
  • a combination of these factors

The American Optometric Association suggests the tried and true “20-20” rule. For every 20 minutes you have been looking at a screen, take a 20 second break away from the screen. AOA suggests looking at something else that is not illuminated, or focusing on a distant focal point for a few seconds. They also suggest that for every two hours of screen time, you should take a fifteen minute break. The preventative aspects of CVS are easy to get behind, not too difficult to fold into your routine, and essential for your job efficiency. Advances in the field of Ophthalmology, especially in the realm of Dry Eye, have also assisted with handling issues with CVS.

Keep your eyes healthy to ensure success in your job day in and day out.


American Optometric Association. Computer Vision Syndrome Accessed 24 Aug. 2016