I get burning, excruciating pain, blurred vision when using computer?

I get burning, excruciating pain, blurred vision in one eye. Just the one. It can happen after just 5-15 minutes of using my computer. After that even the slightest things cause a lot of pain, overhead LED lights, phone with anti glare, TV etc. However, if I avoid computers and everything for a month or two and really reduce usage, I can watch TV for hours without hurting my eyes a lot, and just live normally. After the computer usage, it gets bad. I’ve used computers and devices for years, a LOT. Never felt like this before. This burning feels different from the ordinary eye strain burning. I do follow the rule of looking away from the screen after a bit, at a distance.
I read about CVS, and wonder if that is what I have. I was surprised to discover 90% of computer users get this. 90% computer users have to sit in the dark, use text to speech and generally protect their eyes from usage? I went through months of using apps for the blind. Sit around with a makeshift eye patch. It was excruciatingly painful. I would be in so much pain I couldn’t even glance at my phone for a second to write or read a text. Even if I hadn’t really used anything beyond a few seconds for days.
My question is, do I have CVS or is it something different? My eyes do NOT get red. They LOOK fine. My doctor gave me some tablets and some regular eye drops for a month. After a month of almost completely avoiding light, eye felt less pain. When I asked the cause, he said “who knows?” and gave me some eye drops to take when I’m in pain. Those don’t do much and they also state that using too much can cause cornea to get thinner.

Once I use a computer, everything starts triggering or aggravating pain…even when they didn’t before. Is this CVS? What can I do about it? He made it sound like I have to live with this and just take drops when it gets bad. I respect him a lot, I just want more answers. Also, if a different kind of computer screen would alleviate it, what should I be looking for?


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Dr.Honey Arora
11:29 am

Hi.. Thanks for the query.. Yes it probably looks like CVS or Computer Vision Syndrome.. Computer Vision Syndrome, also referred to as Digital Eye Strain, describes a group of eye and vision-related problems that result from prolonged computer, tablet, e-reader and cell phone use. Many individuals experience eye discomfort and vision problems when viewing digital screens for extended periods. The level of discomfort appears to increase with the amount of digital screen use. Consult an Ophthalmologist and get evaluated,, Vision acuity measurements, refraction tests etc can be done for further confirmation and treatment can be done accordingly.. Hope this helps..… Read more »

Dr.Honey Arora
11:41 am

Certain remedies can help in reducing the problem like:
-The computer screen should be around 20 degree below eye level and around 25 inch away from the eyes.
– Take a break of 15 minutes every after an hour or so of working..
– keep blinking the eyes as it keeps appropriate tears and do not let the eyes dry..
-Cool packs can help in reducing stress from eyes..
-Sit in proper lights and use anti glare screens..

Hope this helps..