Computer vision syndrome in Detroit By William Goldstein on January 17, 2012


Computer vision syndrome in Detroit is a growing problem. Last year, the Wall Street Journal reported that CVS affects 90% of people who spend 3 hours or more in front of the computer. These statistics were reported by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Healthy.
CVS is a combination of symptoms, including eye strain, fatigue, headaches and neck stiffness. Blurred vision may also be a component of this syndrome. Patients typically find themselves needing to take breaks to ease their symptoms, and can't to find a position for their computer monitor that seems to give them good vision.
There is no cure for this problem, but there are options that can help. Choosing the proper position and distance for your monitor is important, as is use of 'computer glasses' to give you the proper focal distance, especially if you are in your late 40's or beyond. Frequent breaks are also important, even just one minute every hour to relax your eye, and using eye drops to moisturize your eyes will help as well.
ReLEx surgery to allow a fuller range of vision with Crystalens implants may also be a surgical alternative to increase the range of focus.

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