Is Your Neck Pain Due To Computer Vision Syndrome

computer vision syndromeComputer Vision Syndrome or CVS is causing suffering and neck pain, you may have CVS. This is a fairly new medical condition recognized in the health care field. Being on the computer pretty much all day and staring at the monitor continuously can seem pretty harmless, but it can actually be one of the major neck pain causes.

Going online for hours and hours is fairly commonplace to many young adults these days. Often times your job requires it.  Studies found out that 50 to 90 percent of people whose work require them to look at a computer screen for several hours have at least one symptom of Computer Vision Syndrome.

Computer Vision Syndrome Symptoms

Blurring of or double  vision, irritation, drying  and reddening of the eyes, headaches, and shoulder pain are also among the disturbing symptoms of computer vision syndrome, which is a short-term condition brought about by extensive use of computer. An article on the American Optometric Association website states: “The level of discomfort appears to increase with the amount of computer use,”

Cause of Computer Vision Syndrome

Similar to other repetitive stress injuries or repetitive strain injury, Computer vision syndrome is the effect of repeating the same motion over and over again. And even though young people are usually the ones who stare at computer screens practically all day, middle-age people and older are frequently the ones experiencing the symptoms. The reason behind this is that the younger you are, the more focusing power you have. However, if you leave a visual impairment untreated, chances are, you will develop CVS symptoms no matter what age you are.

At the root of Computer Vision Syndrome is usually poor lighting, bad posture, monitor screen glare, inappropriate viewing distance. And, untreated vision problems such as astigmatism or farsightedness can be a cause. Also, aging can have a huge effect on the your ability to focus on objects and this generally starts at the age of 40.

Most of the symptoms will resolve after getting away from the computer, but some may still persist that can ultimately cause diminished visual abilities. And if you don’t do something about it, it gets worse by the minute as you stare right at your computer.

The eyes need to adapt to changing images appearing on the screen whenever you’re looking at a computer monitor in order to produce a more lucid picture for your brain to interpret. Thus, your eyes are constantly focusing and moving back and forth.

Preventing Computer Vision Syndrome

Luckily, you can  do some things to prevent or correct this problem. Proper positioning of the computer monitor (4 to 5 inches below eye level and 20 to 28 inches away from the face)is essential. Lighting should be altered in order to trim down the glare from the computer monitor screen. Furthermore, take breaks away from the computer.

Another essential tip to heed is the “20-20-20 rule” which requires you to look 20 feet away for 20 seconds after every 20 minutes of staring at the monitor. And poor seating posture can bring about computer-related neck pain so always maintain proper sitting position.

In addition to taking the preventative steps mentioned above, be sure to have your eyes checked. At the root of CVS is uncorrected problems with your vision.
You may not be able to avoid looking at the computer for a significant amount of hours, but you can always do something to prevent Computer Vision Syndrome which can cause annoying neck and shoulder pain.