Nearly 60% of the Western world use some kind of digital device — a phone, computer, tablet, TV — for at least 5 hours a day. All that screen time can result in eye irritation and dryness. In fact, dry eyes and eye strain have become so common that researchers have coined a name for it: computer vision syndrome (CVS).
What is Computer Vision Syndrome?
Computer vision syndrome (CVS) is an eye condition commonly experienced after staring at a computer screen, at arm's length or closer, for an extended period of time. It is characterized by eye strain and dry eyes.
Because more people work and study at home as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, eye doctors are reporting a significant rise in the number of adults and children exhibiting these symptoms.
The symptoms of CVS include:
- Red, watery eyes
- Burning or stinging eyes
- Sensitivity to light
- Blurred vision
- The feeling of having something in your eyes