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Computer Vision Syndrome Treatment in North Vancouver, BC


Findings from the American Optometric Association show that above seven out of 10 of employed persons that work for the majority of the day on a computer screen (which is over 140 million people) suffer the affects of computer vision syndrome or eye fatigue. Prolonged periods of working at the computer can cause eye stress and impact typical vision processes in children as well as adults. If you are sitting at a computer screen more than 2 hours on a daily basis it is very possible that you will suffer some form of computer vision syndrome.

Effects of Computer Vision Syndrome

Extended computer use may result in some if not all of the signs of computer eye strain including:

  • Blurred or Double Vision
  • Pain in Neck, Shoulders or Head
  • Difficulty Focusing
  • Dry, Burning or Tired Eyes

Causes of CVS
Computer eye fatigue and CVS result from the need for our visual systems to compensate for viewing characters on a computer screen differently than they do for characters in print. While our visual systems are used to keeping focus on printed material that has dense black letters with sharp edges, they are less familiar with characters on a screen that lack the same level of clarity and sharpness.
Words on a computer screen are created by combinations of tiny dots of light (pixels), which are most luminous at the middle and diminish in intensity toward the edges. Therefore it is more difficult for our visual processing center to focus on on these characters. Rather, our eyes want to revert to a reduced level of focusing called the ''resting point of accommodation'' or RPA.

Our eyes involuntarily adjust to the RPA and then strain to focus on the screen. The continuous effort by the eye muscles to focus creates the symptoms listed above that commonly appear during and after use of a computer or digital device. CVS isn't just an issue for computer users. It's important to note that other handheld devices such as mobile phones or iPads can cause the same symptoms and in some cases even worse. Since the screens on handheld digital devices are often small in addition to pixilated the user often struggles even more to focus on text.

Computer Vision Syndrome Treatment
If you are at risk for computer induced eye strain, you should make an appointment with an optometrist sooner than later.

At a computer vision exam, the optometrist will check to see if you have any particular vision issues that might worsen computer vision syndrome. Depending on the results of these tests, your practicioner may suggest prescription computer glasses to help you work more comfortably at your screen. You should think about getting an anti-reflective coating for computer eyeglasses. Such a coating lessens glare that may affect your ability to see images clearly on your screen.

Alternative Treatments for CVS
Visual Ergonomics, or setting up your work environment to limit the need for your eyes and your body to accommodate in unhealthy ways, can help relieve some physical symptoms of computer related eye strain. Sufficient lighting and frequent breaks can help to some extent. However, very often computer eyeglasses are also required to fully eliminate CVS.

If you think you are suffering or at risk of computer vision syndrome, contact our North Vancouver, BC optometry practice.


Clinic Protocols and Patient Guidelines – COVID -19

We have been working diligently to establish protocols to keep both our patients and staff safe during this time and for the foreseeable future. The following protocols and guidelines have been established to ensure the highest level of sanitation possible.

Clinic Hygiene and Sanitization Protocols


Arrival to the Clinic

ONLY scheduled patients are permitted to enter the clinic. If you were driven to the clinic, please ask your family/friend to wait for you in the car. Please enter the clinic no earlier than 5 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment.

If you arrive late for your appointment, it may have to be re-scheduled as we must keep on time to ensure enough time for sanitation between patients and avoid overcrowding at the reception area.

Please wear a MASK before entering the clinic.

If you do not have a mask, we will be offering them for a nominal fee.


Further Safety Precautions

Touchless Payment

Currently, we are only accepting Interac, Mastercard and Visa cards. If you have extended health insurance, Please inform our staff with all the details. We deal with Sun life, Great-West Life, Blue Cross and Manulife we will bill your insurance first and then charge your credit card the remaining balance.

Physical Distancing

Please be mindful to keep 2M distance if you run into other patients in the reception room. Stand on the floor decals. We are aiming to stagger appointment to avoid congregation in the waiting room.

Sanitation time between each treatment has been scheduled and we are using hospital grade disinfectants to sanitize all high touchpoints, tables, light switches, door handles etc

Practitioner PPE

We will be wearing masks, and some will be wearing face shields, gloves, and scrubs.

Paying for your treatment


Booking Appointments

Please email the clinic at or call at (604) 420-2115 for your future appointments.

24 Hours Prior to your scheduled appointment

24 hrs. prior to your appointment, you will receive your 24-hour reminder email. It will have a link to the THRIVE BC COVID- 19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool. The link is: IF you answer YES to any of the questions, please call the clinic to reschedule your appointment no earlier than 2 weeks. This is extremely important for the safety and protection of our patients, therapist, and our families.

Upon the arrival of your appointment, if we notice any flu-like symptoms or through conversation realize that you have possibly engaged with friends/family who may have been exposed to COVID- 19, we will respectfully ask you to reschedule the appointment.

Product Purchase

Our Staff will assist you in Choosing your Eye Wear, Please DO NOT HANDLE THE FRAMES FROM THE DISPLAY. Once you have made your Frame selection the remaining frames will be sanitized before being placed on the frame bars.

These protocols are in place to ensure the health and safety of you, your loved ones, our staff, our practitioners, and their families.

We thank you for your patience and understanding. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Lougheed Town Centre Optical & Optometry

Located at 9855 Austin Rd, Ste 147, Burnaby, BC V3J 1N4

Phone: 604-420-2115

We are back! We are now open to our normal business hours. Please request an appointment here or call 604-670-3329. We are looking forward to seeing you again. Thank you, and stay safe.