Computer vision syndrome, aka Digital Eye Strain, refers to vision or eye problems that can occur due to overuse of digital devices like computers, tablets, cell phones, etc. In today’s world, digital device use is almost inescapable. When used wisely, these devices pose no risk to your eye health. Digital device overuse can put undue strain on your eyes and lower the quality of your sight. At Family Eye Clinic, serving residents in Sherwood, North Little Rock and Little Rock, AR, we can diagnose computer vision syndrome and show you ways to manage its symptoms.
Computer Vision Syndrome Symptoms
Eye strain is the most common symptom of computer eye vision and is often accompanied by:
- Blurred vision
- Dry eyes
- Neck and shoulder pain due to hunching over your digital device
Fortunately, these symptoms aren’t permanent. Most of the time, they will subside once you step away from your computer or digital screen and rest your eyes. If you have undetected/uncorrected problems with astigmatism, presbyopia, farsightedness, or other eye problems, computer vision syndrome can worsen your symptoms over time. In short, excessive computer use over the course of time can impact the quality of your sight.
Some factors that contribute to computer vision symptoms when using digital devices are:
- Poor Lighting
- Glare from digital devices
- Improper viewing distances
- Poor posture
- Untreated pre-existing vision problems
Your eyes have to work harder when viewing a computer or digital device due to glare, viewing angles and viewing distances. The longer you work at your computer without taking breaks, the greater the strain on your eyes is. In addition, you often blink less when looking at digital screens, which can dry out your eyes.
Computer Vision Syndrome Treatment
The most effective treatment for computer eye vision is restricting your use of digital devices. Make sure you have proper lighting when on your computer and wear blue light lenses to reduce glare and eye strain. Blue light lenses filter blue light from your digital device to protect your eyes. If you currently wear eyeglasses, our Little Rock optometrist can prescribe new eyeglasses strictly for computer use to counter the demands that computer use puts on your eyes. Make sure you take frequent breaks, every 20 minutes or so, to rest your eyes and watch your posture to avoid neck and shoulder pain and stiffness.
See Our Little Rock, AR, Optometrist for Computer Vision Syndrome Treatment
Are you having problems with your vision? Contact Family Eye Clinic to determine if computer vision syndrome is the cause, so you can take steps to protect your eye health and vision. Contact us in Sherwood at (501) 835-7800, North Little Rock at (501) 758-1015 and Little Rock at (501) 888-7533. We look forward to meeting your eye-care needs.