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What is computer vision syndrome (CVS)?

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These days, many of us have jobs that require us to stare at computer screens for hours at a time. That can put a real strain on your eyes.

Eye problems caused by computer use fall under the heading computer vision syndrome (CVS). It isn’t one specific problem. Instead, it includes a whole range of eye strain and pain. Research shows that between 50% and 90% of people who work at a computer screen have at least some symptoms of CVS.

From: What Is Computer Vision Syndrome? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: American Optometric Association: "Computer vision syndrome (CVS)"; "The relationship of computer vision syndrome to musculoskeletal disorders"; "Criteria for determining whether the need for eyeglasses or other treatment is related to computer use"; and "Computer vision syndrome threatens returning students."

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on July 13, 2017

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SOURCES: American Optometric Association: "Computer vision syndrome (CVS)"; "The relationship of computer vision syndrome to musculoskeletal disorders"; "Criteria for determining whether the need for eyeglasses or other treatment is related to computer use"; and "Computer vision syndrome threatens returning students."

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on July 13, 2017

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