Screens are a mainstay for many of us. It’s how we work, get informed and stay entertained. But new research is advising against spending so much time in front of computer screens. That’s because it can lead to vision problems called, Computer Vision Syndrome. If you spend hours on your PC, look out for these 7 symptoms. If you already notice these symptoms, there’s something you can do about it. 

In a study published in the Medical Practice and Reviews journal, researches define Computer Vision Syndrome, or CVS, as “an association between computer use and visual health related-symptoms.”

Here are the main symptoms associated with Computer Vision Syndrome:

  • Headaches
  • Eye strain
  • Double vision
  • Dry eyes
  • Eye fatigue
  • Neck pain
  • Back pain

Why do people suffer from these symptoms? According to chief medical officer, David Tanzer M.D., “Viewing a computer or digital device makes the eyes work harder.”What’s more, while looking at a computer screen, people don’t blink las much and this can lead to dry eyes. 

The research found that 70 to 90 percent of individuals who spend significant amount of time on computers will have at least one CVS symptom.

And since computer use is increasing for both professionals and privately, researchers estimated that 70 million people could be at risk for CVS.

Since computers are necessary tool for countless people, what is the solution? Aaron Zimmerman O.D., recommends using artificial tears to prevent dryness. But he also says taking frequent, short breaks can help to protect eye health and overall vision. 

To help you take breaks, set an alarm on your phone or computer to remind you. Your eyes will thank you.