Computer vision syndrome: causes, preventive measures and home remedies

Computer vision syndrome: causes, preventive measures, and home remedies

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Constantly browsing the digital screen is increased since the lockdown is announced.  Whether it is working from home, online classes, texting on phone, or binge-watching has extended exposure to digital screens that can cause eye problems like redness, irritation, dryness, and tiredness in eyes. Digital eye strain is also known as computer vision syndrome, but computer vision syndrome can be cured by making positive changes in the tech-centric lifestyle.

What causes computer vision syndrome

 Looking at a computer or digital screen makes the eyes work harder, because of viewing high visuals on a digital screen can make an individual susceptible to the development of vision-related symptoms.  Looking at a digital screen is different from reading a printed page. When we work on the computer, our eyes have to focus all the time. We usually blink around 12-14 times a minute, but when we are engaged on screen, the blink rate goes down and makes our eyes feel itchy and dry. When we use digital devices, our eyes are at less distance from the screen that increases the focusing power of the eyes and usage of eye muscles, due to which your eyes feel heavy and tired.

Symptoms of computer vision syndrome

  1. Eyestrain
  2. Headaches
  3. Dry eyes
  4. Blurred vision
  5. Neck and shoulder pain

People more at risk

Although everyone is at equal risk of eye strain, Patients who have undergone Lasik, have a hormonal imbalance, weak eye muscles, or are suffering from diseases like rheumatoid arthritis are more at risk of having computer vision syndrome.

  Preventive Measures

Eating balanced food and doing some physical exercises are important for keeping eyes healthy, but apart from these lifestyle changes, there are also some more preventive measures you can take while working on digital screens. 

1.Reduce screen time- look away from the screen every 20 minutes or look at something around you every 20 seconds.

2. Reduce glare- Bright light can strain your eyes and make it difficult to see objects on your monitor. If the light from a nearby window dazzles over your monitor than the change that place. Use a desk lamp with a moveable shade that will light up evenly on your desk or place an anti-glare cover over the screen.

sitting position

3. Seating position- sit on Chairs when working on the computer. The Chair should be comfortably padded and adjusted so that your feet rest flat on the floor.

4. Blink your eyes- Blinking produces tears that moisten and refresh your eyes. Try to blink your eyes after every one hour.

Home remedies to treat tired eyes

Here are 6 home remedies to treat tired eyes:-



Cucumber has cooling properties that soothe and reduces puffiness around your eyes.  Keep freshly sliced cucumber on your eyes and relax for 20-30 min.


2. Rosewater

Rosewater has anti-bacterial properties that help in getting rid of irritation in eyes. Soak two cotton balls in rose water and keep them on your eyes for 5-10 minutes.


3. Potato

Potato has anti-inflammatory properties. Keep slices of a peeled potato in the refrigerator for a while, and keep it on your eyes for 15-20 minutes.

4. Coldwater

Follow a regular morning routine of splashing cold water on the eyes. This remedy will constrict blood vessels, restrict the flow of fluid to the soft tissues around your eyes, and reduce puffiness.

tea bags


Tea has caffeine and antioxidants that help in reducing puffiness. Keep the teabag for about an hour in the fridge and place it on your eyes and relax. It is best to keep green or black tea bags on your eyes.

aloe vera gel

6. Aloe vera gel cubes

Aloe Vera soothes puffiness. Freeze aloe vera gel in the ice cube tray. Rub these ice cubes around your eyes to reduce puffiness.

It is important to take a break from digital screens, follow the above-mentioned home remedies to reduce puffiness in eyes, and practice some positive lifestyle to maintain healthy eyes.

Disclaimer:  This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for a qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information. does not claim responsibility for this information.

Shruti Jain

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