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Computer Vision

Addressing Computer Vision Syndrome: Symptoms and Solutions

In the digital age, spending hours squinting at computer, tablet, or mobile screens is common. Unfortunately, this trend has led to an increase in eye problems, including computer vision syndrome (CVS). Even if you've never experienced eye issues before, you may notice CVS symptoms after prolonged screen time, such as:

- Blurry vision
- Eye strain and discomfort
- Headaches
- Dry, scratchy eyes
- Neck and shoulder pain

Ignoring these symptoms can lead to more severe issues, so it's crucial to seek help. Our optometrists can assist you in diagnosing and treating CVS.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Computer Vision Syndrome
The severity and duration of CVS symptoms depend on various factors, including screen time, posture, lighting, glare, monitor angle, and underlying vision problems. If you already have conditions like astigmatism, farsightedness, presbyopia, aging eyes, or diabetic eye problems, your CVS symptoms may worsen, even if you wear prescription glasses or contacts not designed for computer use.


Our Optometrists will consider your symptoms, existing conditions, and potential undiagnosed issues as he performs the following eye tests:

1. Visual acuity: Evaluate your current vision quality.
2. Refraction: Assess potential lens prescriptions to optimize your vision.
3. Focus and Eye Coordination: Measures how well your eyes work together and their ability to focus on objects at different distances.

Based on these measurements, our Optometrists will create a treatment plan to alleviate your symptoms. For individuals with normal eyes and vision, specially designed computer glasses can help. Those already wearing glasses or contacts may benefit from computer-friendly prescriptions. Additionally, several strategies can reduce computer eye strain:

- Computer setup: Adjust your monitor to be 15-20 degrees below eye level, 20-28 inches away from your eyes. Use a document holder for reference materials, and invest in an anti-glare screen. Maintain proper posture.
- Lighting: Reposition lighting to minimize glare and use natural light when possible.
Eye Rest and Blinking Breaks: Take a 20-second break every 20 minutes to focus on a distant point and blink frequently to keep your eyes moist.

By combining optometric care with self-care, you can manage CVS and other modern-day vision problems effectively. Schedule an appointment with us to address your concerns today.

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