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Computer Vision Syndrome

Our Enterprise Optometrist Explains

Nowadays, in our tech-dependent society, each person spends an average of six hours per day viewing a computer screen or electronic device! Inasmuch as technology has made our lives easier in so many ways, it has also come with a price for your vision and eye health. No matter whether you’re staring at a computer screen, tablet, smartphone, or other digital device, the use of all hi-tech equipment contributes towards the development of Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS).

At Family Eye & Laser, our Enterprise optometrist is knowledgeable about the symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome, and we’ll help relieve the irritations and pain that it can cause.

Symptoms of Computer Vision

When people visit our Enterprise optometrist with the following complaints, it often indicates that they are suffering from computer vision:

  • Dry eyes
  • Burning or itching eyes
  • Eyestrain
  • Blurred vision
  • Double vision
  • Headaches
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Loss of focus

Typically, the severity of your symptoms from computer usage are present in proportion with how much time you spend using digital tech. In addition, your overall visual condition plays a major

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role in the effects of computers on your vision. For example, if you have an undetected or untreated vision condition, such as poor eye coordination, presbyopia, astigmatism, or farsightedness, these problems can exacerbate the eye irritation caused by regular computer usage.

Causes of Computer Vision

  • The glare and reflections produced by a computer screen can stress your visual system.
  • If the font on your monitor is not crisp enough, your eye muscles will need to strain in order to see a sharp contrast between text and background.
  • Another factor to consider is the angle at which you view your computer screen, which can place undue stress on your shoulders, neck, back, and eyes.
  • Blue light, a type of high-energy ultraviolet ray that is emitted by all digital screens, can flicker and cause eye problems.

Ways to Prevent Computer Vision

If you are suffering from computer vision, our Enterprise optometrist cautions that the first, most important thing you need to check is that your vision prescription is accurate. Your prescription must be suitable for the placement of your monitor in relation to your eyes., so we will perform a thorough, specialized eye exam with consideration for your computer usage. If you tend to lean forwards or tilt your head to see better, it’s a sign that something is wrong. Awkward posture can lead to pain and stiffness in your neck, shoulders, and back, which are all signs of computer vision syndrome. Booking an eye exam to verify your prescription is a great first step towards preventing the development of computer vision.

Treatment for Computer Vision Syndrome

There is no absolute, totally foolproof cure for computer vision. However, our Enterprise optometrist can help to relieve your discomfort and restore your comfortable vision. Here are a few tried and true solutions that may work for you:

  1. Wear eyeglasses or contact lenses that are specialized for computer vision. With custom tints and lens coatings that are anti-glare and protect against blue light, this eyewear may be suitable for you even if you don’t require vision correction.
  2. Rearrange the position of your computer screen and keyboard in relation to your chair. Our eye care specialists will provide you with helpful tips on how to set up your workstation, as well as the best task lighting to eliminate eyestrain.
  3. Give your eyes time to rest. Take breaks from gazing at your computer, look off into the distance to allow your eyes to refocus. Remember the 20-20-20 rule: look 20 feet into the distance for 20 seconds every 20 minutes.
  4. Blink often enough to keep the surface of your eyes well lubricated. If you suffer from dry eyes, we may recommend using lubricating artificial tears eye drops.

Managing Computer Vision

The best way to keep computer vision under control is to practice a combination of prevention and relieving your symptoms. Our Enterprise optometrist can help you with this! Call Family Eye & Laser to book an evaluation today.


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