Computer Vision

Have you ever added up the time you spend in front of your computer, tablet, smart phone, or other electronic device? Looking at screens is a normal part of our lives in the 21st century.

Unfortunately, eye problems associated with this activity are also on the rise. Even if you have never had any eye problems before, you may have computer vision syndrome symptoms after one to two hours of screen time. Even if your symptoms are mild, they can worsen and may cause other vision problems.
 
Symptoms may include:
• Blurry vision
• Eye Strain and discomfort
• Headaches
• Dry, scratchy eyes
• Neck and/or shoulder pain
The severity and length of computer vision syndrome symptoms depends on how long you stare at the computer, your posture, lighting, glare, the angle of the monitor, and whether or not you have other diagnosed or undiagnosed vision problems.

If you already suffer from astigmatism, farsightedness, presbyopia, aging eyes, and/or diabetic eye problems, your computer vision symptoms may worsen. This can even be the case if you already wear prescription eyeglasses or contacts.

Many regular contact lenses and eyeglasses, and even sunglasses are not designed to deflect the problems caused by computer screens. More computer friendly prescriptions are available. For people with otherwise normal eyes and vision, a set of specially-designed glasses used during the time you spend on a computer or screen can be very helpful.
In addition to treatment options, there are steps to cut down on computer eye strain problems: 
Computer Setup
Adjust your monitor so that it is about 15-20 degrees lower than your eye level when seated between 20-28 inches away from the screen. Also, invest in an anti-glare screen for your monitor to help reduce glare from surrounding lights. Be sure to sit and work with proper posture.

Adjust Lighting
If you can, reposition any lighting, or your computer, to minimize glare and use natural lighting whenever possible.

Eye Rest and Blinking Breaks
Every 20 minutes during your work, look away toward a distant point for 20 seconds to refocus your eyes, and give them a 15 minute break after each 2 hour computer session. Also remember to blink more frequently to keep your eyes moist.

With the proper optometry care, you can minimize computer vision syndrome symptoms and other modern day vision problems. Contact us for an appointment today.