Reduced eye blink rate, is the main cause of Gamer Eye Syndrom

The normal blink rate of an eye is about 20 to 25 blinks per minute. This is sufficient to spread the tears and provide enough moisture needed by the eye to prevent irritation and damage.

When the eye blink rate drops then effective lubrication of the eyes is jeopardized as too much tear fluid evaporates before it is replaced by the next eye blink. Concentrated staring at a computer monitor can reduce the eye blinking frequency dramatically to as low as  1 or 2 blinks a minute. A blink rate this low cannot adequately lubricate the eye anymore. In consequence, the thickness of the liquid film in the eye suffers.

Typical complaints of gamer eye syndrome are dry eyes with sensations of itching, burning, scratching, or the feeling of sand in the eye. The eye is also more susceptible to infections.

Symptoms of Gamer Eye Syndrom/Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS)

The following may be symptoms of gamer eye syndrome:

Factors contributing to CVS

What to do if you have Gamers Eye Syndrom?

You should know your eyes and what they normally feel like. If you notice any of the symptoms and early warning signals then it is time to act before the occurrence of serious problems. Don’t take symptoms lightly, because when ignored, further problems are likely to develop.

Eye drops and gel

Itchy eyes, dry eyes, redness, headaches indicate that something is wrong and should be changed to prevent chronic inflammation of the eye and visual system. Its prognosis depends on the severity of the condition.

Most people have mild symptoms and changes in the work environment together with symptomatic treatment may be sufficient to relieve the symptoms.

Lubricant Eye drops – Artificial tears may help and bring some temporary relief. In most cases you have to change your habits, that is, to eliminate the causes which are responsible for the CVS.

But one should not take the matter lightly and visit an ophthalmologist. A specialist can help determine the causes and give recommendations on how to optimize your computer workstation.

Small adaptions to the workplace or gaming station may help

Gamers Eye Syndrom

The Office Eye Syndrome – Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) or Gamer Eye Syndrome or whatever name one might prefer is, unfortunately, a widespread condition.  It creeps in slowly, people often don’t notice it or don’t connect it to excessive time spent in front of computer screens. However, it is a condition to be taken seriously and should not be underestimated.

If you notice your eyes frequently being dry, feeling itchy, irritated, or reddened often, or if you have the impression that something is not normal with your eyes, then its time to investigate the cause and seek the help of an eye specialist.