When you use a computer heavily, those several hours spent in front of the screen can cause computer vision syndrome. This condition can result from your eyes working harder to see the text on a digital screen. If you suspect you have this condition, you should see an optometrist for an eye exam and discuss possible treatment options. If you are experiencing computer vision syndrome and live in or around St. Joseph, South Haven, Benton Harbor, or Stevensville, contact Dr. Scieszka and Dr. Lower at Advanced Family Eyecare to book an appointment.
Computer Vision and Eyestrain
Because it is harder for the eyes to read text that is on a digital screen than it is to read printed text, spending a lot of time on a computer can strain your eyes. This eye strain can cause a host of symptoms that can make it difficult to see as well as cause pain.
It is common to get headaches from computer vision, but you can also get pain in the shoulders and neck. It can also cause you to have blurry vision and become more sensitive to light. It is common to experience eye pain or have tired eyes.
How to Treat Computer Vision Syndrome
When you have computer vision syndrome, there are many steps that you can take to relieve the symptoms. To help prevent this condition, you may need to move your computer or change the lighting in your room. When the lighting creates a glare on the screen, it makes the eyes work harder to see what is on it. To remove the glare, move either the lighting or the screen until there is no glare. You can also turn down the screen's brightness since this can create more eyestrain.
Be sure to take regular breaks from looking at the screen. It is a good idea to take a quick break every 20 minutes to look at something 20 feet away for about 20 seconds. These quick breaks are easy to fit into a workday, and they can help your eyes not to get as strained. If you can read away from the screen, such as printing out long documents that you must read, this can also be helpful.
Contact Our Optometrists at Advanced Family Eyecare
If you have computer vision syndrome, it is important to get your regular eye exam and talk to your optometrist about the condition. If you are in St. Joseph, South Haven, Benton Harbor, or Stevensville, call Dr. Scieszka and Dr. Lower today at (844) 398-4022 to learn more about our eye care services or to schedule an appointment.