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Dr. Radhika Taroor
Student Counselor/ Adjunct Ass i stant
Professor in Behavioral Sc iences
Gul f Medi cal Univers i ty
No doubt you have Computer Vision
Syndrome. Computer vision syndrome is
a set of eye and vision related problems
that result from extended computer
usage. Various investigators have reported
prevalence of eye symptoms in 25- 93%
of population. The symptoms are usually
caused by workplace, working habits
and visual conditions. Addressing to the
prevention of Computer vision syndrome
involves taking measures to control
lighting, glare on computer screen,
establishing proper working distances
and posture for computer viewing. It is
important to examine eyes regularly at
least once in a year and follow proper
viewing habits to reduce the development
of the symptoms associated with
Computer Vision Syndrome.
Computer Vision syndrome can be
diagnosed with the help of comprehensive
eye examination, by taking patients’
history to determine whether it is due
to genetic conditions, general health
problems or any medication taken
recently. Visual Acuity measurements are
also done to assess the extent the vision is
A few tips to overcome Computer
Vision Syndrome are listed below:
➢ Location of computer screen should be
5 to 20 degrees below eye level i.e. 4-5
inches from the center of the screen
and 20 to 28 inches from eye.
➢ Position the computer screen to avoid
glare from windows or ceiling lights.
➢ Use a screen glare filter to decrease the
amount of light reflected from screen.
➢ Rest your eyes for 15 minutes after
continuous computer usage for over
2 hours. While viewing the computer,
look into distant objects at regular
intervals for 20 seconds, so that your
eyes can refocus on the tasks on your
➢ Make an effort to blink regularly to
keep the front surface of your eyes
➢ A very simple solution is to use UV
glasses while using computer. HITECH
vision clinics can provide tips on
computer usage as well as prescription
of appropriate glasses.
Some computer users experience
problems related to focusing or
coordination of eye which is impossible
to correct with power lens or eye glasses.
For such problems, Vision therapy or
visual training should be provided to
improve visual abilities. These are in
the form of eye exercises that can help
in deficiencies of eye focusing, eye
movement etc.
Do you have headaches, eye strain, blurred vision, dry
or irritated eyes along with neck aches and back pain?
Jan/Feb 2014