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Computer Vision Syndrome

According to a recent article in HR News by Beth Mirza Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) is more common than carpal tunnel syndrome and other musculoskeletal disorders.

According to the American Optometric Association, CVS is characterized by visual symptoms, which result from interaction with a computer display or its environment. In most cases, symptoms occur because the visual demands of the task exceed the visual abilities of the individual to comfortably perform the task. Symptoms of CVS are eyestrain and fatigue, dry eyes, headaches and neck and shoulder pain.

The American Optometric Association notes that video display terminal (VDT) related vision problems are at least as significant a health concern as the musculoskeletal disorders, such as carpal tunnel syndrome that receive more attention. "The vision problems experienced by VDT workers are varied and are difficult to grasp and understand by those who don't specialize in vision. The misunderstanding may also be the result of unfounded reports of cataracts caused by VDTs, exaggerated manufacturer claims about the need for UV and other radiation protections, and misleading statements about the effects of specialty tinted and coated lenses (e.g., computer glasses) among other products."

In most cases, CVS is treatable and modifications to the workplace and regular practices can help. According to VSP VisionCare some simple steps to combat CVS include: