Computer Vision Syndrome

If you find yourself struggling to read the words on your computer screen, phone or tablet, you are not alone. Approximately 70 percent of Americans experience some type of eyestrain when using a digital device, a condition known as computer vision syndrome. Although symptoms of computer vision syndrome are typically not serious, they can be extremely bothersome.

With years of experience, our team has helped our patients of all ages keep their eyes happy and their vision strong. We can help ease your computer vision symptoms and, if needed, provide vision correction.

Symptoms of Computer Eye Syndrome

Eyestrain from computer vision syndrome is caused by excessively staring (typically for two hours straight or more) at a computer screen, cell phone and other digital devices. Common symptoms include:

  • Blurry vision
  • Eye exhaustion
  • Red eyes
  • Light sensitivity
  • Scratchy or gritty sensation
  • Excessive tearing
  • Irritation
  • Dry Eyes
  • Headaches

Not only is digital eyestrain uncomfortable, but numerous studies have found it can actually lower productivity. If you experience any of these symptoms, the best thing you can do is to immediately look away from your digital device to rest your eyes. While most symptoms go away after the eyes have rested, some people continue to experience symptoms. If this is the case, schedule an appointment with us today. We can assess your symptoms and make appropriate recommendations.

How to Ease Eyestrain from Computer Vision Syndrome

During your consultation, our eye doctor will test your near and distance visual acuity. This is to check for any undiagnosed vision problems. If we do detect a vision problem, we may recommend treatment, including corrective eyewear. Depending on your symptoms, the eye doctor may prescribe corrective lenses designed specifically to help you focus at computer screen distance. Computer glasses are available in single, bifocal and progressive lenses. Computer glasses are not designed for general use or for driving.

In addition to prescription eyewear, our doctor will recommend some changes to your workspace, such as reducing the glare to your computer screen, adjusting the brightness of your screen to closely match the lighting in your surroundings and making sure your computer monitor is within 20 to 28 inches of your eyes. We strongly recommend taking frequent breaks from using your digital device and blinking more frequently. If you are experiencing dry eye, we may recommend eye drops and examining your eyes to check for dry eye syndrome.

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With years of experience, our team of friendly eye care specialists are committed to helping you keep your eyes happy and healthy at all times, including the time you spend in front of your computer. Although not serious, computer vision syndrome should not be ignored. With appropriate attention and (if necessary) treatment, you will not only notice relief from eyestrain but increased productivity as well.

To schedule an appointment with our team, please call our vision practice today.