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• Updated on 29 September 2022 • Chloe from Kraywoods


Whenever you find yourself constantly sitting in front of digital screens or devices for an extended period of time and feeling some discomfort around the eyes, know that you may be affected with computer vision syndrome. You may know it as CVS. This condition can be defined with experiencing eye strain or eye fatigue. They cause the same symptoms as the ones that require to get blue light glasses.

You don't need to conduct scientific research to find out that we all spend a considerable amount of time on mobile and computer and any other digital device. The discomfort coming from the prolonged use of such computer screens and other digital devices is real. In this blog, we'll explore the causes and treatments of computer vision syndrome, CVS, more in detail, so make sure to read along and find out more:

  1. Causes of Computer Vision Syndrome
  2. Symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome
  3. Ways of Treatment
  4. Top 5 Glasses for Computer Vision Syndrome

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1. Causes of Computer Vision Syndrome

Numerous factors can affect the level of eye strain which you may experience while using a computer or other digital devices. Eye strains can come from different sources: room lighting, screen distance, glare, seating position and location and angle of the posture. When eye strain and fatigue occur, it may cause other side effects as well, including computer vision syndrome. Such a combination leads to a very uncomfortable level of eye strain and pain. So what are the signs that show that you might be having such issues?

When you're on a computer for a long time, your eyes are focused on the screen, and you don't blink as often as we usually do in regular circumstances. After a few hours of staring at a screen, your eyes dry out, resulting in blurry vision. While staring at screens, you are also exposed to many harmful elements such as harmful blue light, contrast and glare. Although you may not feel it while doing the work, this requires tremendous effort from your eyes. As we get older, it also makes doing computer work more difficult as our natural eye muscles are less flexible.

Man sitting in front of a computer showing computer vision syndrome with discomfort to the eyes and wearing a suit drinking a cup of coffee

2. Symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome

There are common and frequent symptoms of computer vision syndrome. Although such symptoms are not only limited to comupter vision syndrome; but, they are the most common symptoms:

  • Eye Strain
  • Headaches possibly migraines
  • Blurry Vision
  • Dry Eyes

Computer vision syndrome symptoms can happen to people who wear glasses, contact lenses, or even have clear eyesight without wearing any glasses. Although prescription glasses are essential to people with refractive errors, it doesn't necessarily mean that it's a remedy to your symptoms.

Some eye problems can't be solved with regular prescription glasses. Other undetected and untreated vision problems do play a part in computer vision syndrome. There are many cases where symptoms during the use of computers make it look like you may suffer from it, and when examined, the diagnosis is entirely different.

Woman showing symptoms of eye fatigue and headache trying to rub her eyes feeling discomforted

3. Ways of Treatment

There are a few ways to treat computer vision syndrome. You can make a few simple tweaks at home and in the workplace where computers are used frequently. You can also use blue light computer glasses to protect your eyes from the harmful blue light rays. Let's explore how to treat it more in detail!

1. Eliminate The Glare by Lighting

They say subtle changes are very powerful, and they couldn't be more accurate for digital devices. Computer vision syndrome is all about reducing the computer's brightness. Our eyes will not be exposed to higher levels of lighting for prolonged periods of time. You can also change the lights from your surroundings to reduce the negative glare effect to a bare minimum. Glare can also come from the natural light coming in from windows.

When this happens, try to move your computer or dim the shades or else, you'll get computer vision syndrome. If your desk in the office is placed in front of a window with bright light, try to request a change of place or set up window shades. As we spend long hours every day in our workspace, it is essential to evaluate our work environment and make the needed changes for a more comfortable experience.

Woman working at a computer in front of a window wearing a grey shirt and white pants

2. Rearrange The Setup of Your Computer

The rule of thumb for the setup is that you should set up your monitor slightly lower than eye level. Also, the computer's distance to the face needs to be at least 1.5 to 2 feet. Don't go past that, as you would have a higher chance of getting computer vision syndrome. You don't want to strain your neck while trying to get closer to the monitor. What happens is that you will have the luxury to keep on looking down at the screen without compromising your neck to look up at it.

Woman working in front of a computer desk with red hair wearing a checkered shirt

3. The 20-20-20 Rule

This is a simple and easy rule that you should follow every day to treat computer vision syndrome and other eye diseases. Follow the 20-20-20 rule as recommended by the American Optometric Association, take a break from the screen for twenty seconds every twenty minutes while working in front of a computer screen. Most importantly, stay 20 feet away from the monitor. What it does is it gives you less time to procrastinate and take as frequent breaks in the timeframe as possible.

Another helpful tip for computer vision syndrome is to blink your eyes a much as possible during these 20 seconds; this will help avoid getting dry eyes. When the eyes get dry, symptoms such as eye strain and blurry vision are more likely to happen. Therefore make sure to blink more often to keep your eyes moist; otherwise, use lubricating eye drops.

A picture of the 20/20/20 rule to prevent digital eye strain

4. Blue Light Computer Glasses

You've undoubtedly heard of blue light glasses, also known as computer glasses before. They're great for computer vision syndrome because computer glasses are equipped with blue light blocking lenses to block exposure to the harmful blue light rays emitted by computer screens and other digital devices.

Computer glasses can protect your eyes during long periods spent staring at a computer screen. Wearing blue light glasses all day won't cause you any harm. On the contrary, computer glasses will help reduce eye strain, improve sleep, decrease fatigue, and prevent other computer vision syndrome symptoms.

4. Top 5 Glasses for Computer Vision Syndrome

1. Oversized Rectangle Computer Vision Syndrome Glasses

People somehow tend to forget that accessories, specifically eyewear, can add a lot to your overall look. Especially if you need them for computer vision syndrome or any other eyesight difficulties. It is important to get a pair of glasses that complements your overall look. Wouldn’t you want to purchase a stylish blue light blocking pair of eyewear? The current trend in eyewear is to go oversized which is why we chose to introduce these stylish blue light glasses.

Our first choice is for those who love rectangle frames. Euphoria Gold eyeglasses are large unisex frames fit. They are handmade from recycled stainless steel and include Ebony Wood temples. The design has subtly round edges and a standout double bridge featuring sharp lines and delicate metalwork. The two-tone glasses combine on-trend modern and retro styling.

The rectangle eyeglasses look great on oval, round, heart and oblong face shapes.

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2. Metal Frame Computer Vision Syndrome Glasses

Still in the spirits of the metal frame glasses, our next pair of blue light glasses will make you fall in love. Who doesn’t love a good pair of eyeglasses that goes with everything? Whatever style you choose, your eyeglasses should be able to match your personality along with your personal choices of clothing. For those who like large pair of eyewear, you can benefit from the Purpose collection for your computer vision syndrome.

A classic aviator design for men and women. Do you know what’s better? It’s made from recycled stainless steel and the eyeglasses are 100% eco-friendly. They are available in two colours: black and gold. The Purpose Black eyeglasses feature authentic Rose Wood temples and a sleek black matte finish. Also, they are designed with a straight black bar and a raised nose bridge featuring an alluring black for a clean and polished look. These aviator glasses are great if you are trying to achieve a minimalist look.

The Purpose aviator collection looks great on oval, diamond, round, rectangle, square, oblong and heart face shapes.

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3. Classic Round Computer Vision Syndrome Glasses

For any first-timer, we always advise you to go for something classic. That's why we recommend to go for round blue light glasses. The round frames are a beginner’s choice and are very popular among people. But what if we told you that you could be sustainable while going on your shopping spree? Our glasses are eco-friendly and made out of sustainably sourced materials. Hence, you should consider our circle glasses like the Cheer eyeglasses collection.

They are made from sustainable materials. As for the size, they are a medium frame fit andare handcrafted from genuine Oak Wood. The Cheer Black eyeglasses are classic round frames that combine subtly winged tips and a standout keyhole bridge for a throwback appeal. These stylish blue light glasses can help you relieve your computer vision syndrome.

The Cheer collection look suitable on rectangle, square, diamond, heart and oblong face shapes.

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4. Retro Round Square Computer Vision Syndrome Glasses

Did you know you can get the best of both worlds? Some people are fans of round frames, while others prefer square ones. What if you can combine the two shapes and create sustainable eyewear that pleases both parties?

Meet Harmony Brown eyeglasses. They are a medium frame fit made from oak wood with a rounded square shape. Also, they are a unisex high-quality blue light glasses for you to rock on any occasion. These eyeglasses will sit comfortably on your face as they are made with adjustable tps and flexible spring hinges. As for the design, the rounded square browline frame combines retro winged tips and a keyhole bridge for a vintage style. In addition, trending browline glasses will keep you looking fashionable for all occasions.

Harmony Brown is perfect for people with oval, square, rectangle and oblong face shapes.

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5. Cat Eye Computer Vision Syndrome Glasses

Last but not least, our cat eye blue light glasses. Most women want this shape as it somehow gives them a confident feel. And, to feel comfortable, you must also relieve your self from computer vision syndrome. The Charm collection can give you that feeling. Whether you are on your way to a business meeting or lunch with the gals, you can charm your crowd with these cat eye glasses.

The eyeglasses are a medium to oversized frame fit and are made from sustainably sourced wood. There are available in two colors: rose and purple. The Charm Rose eyeglasses are handcrafted from original Cherry Wood and feature an intricate grain. The cat-eye frames have rounded edges and subtly winged tips for a bold, chic and feminine finish for the design.

The Charm collection looks good on round, oval, square, rectangle, heart and oblong face shapes.

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Computer Vision Syndrome is a common scenario, but a much-overlooked one. Therefore, monitor any symptoms that may come up and visit your eye doctor frequently. Having up-to-date examinations will allow you to keep your eyes healthy. If you need computer glasses or corrective prescription glasses, your eye doctor will let you know.

By Rachad Kabbara