According to results from a recent survey conducted by VSP Vision Care, the nation's largest eye care benefit provider, 67 percent of America's 6-to-11-year-olds and 73 percent of 12-to-17-year-olds play video games, watch TV or use computers for an average of four or more hours each day, which can lead to a health problem known as computer vision syndrome.
According to Dr. Gary Veronneau of the Family Eye Care Center in Rainelle, extensive viewing of computer screens or video game screens can lead to eye discomfort, fatigue, blurred vision and headaches for children and adults.
It can occur when the eyes are locked on a particular target and viewing distance for long periods of time. Also, staring at a computer screen or video screen inhibits blinking, a function that allows proper tear flow and reduces eye irritation. Veronneau described CVS as a "fairly common problem."