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FAQ Computer Vision Syndrome

Computer vision syndrome or digital eyestrain is a condition that affects both adults and children. It is a result of the prolonged use of digital devices. These include computers, mobile phones, tablets, and e-readers.


The eye problems are not specific, but they are a whole range of symptoms that cause eye discomfort. Research shows that 50 to 90 percent of those who use digital devices have at least some of those symptoms. Thus, you are not alone if you feel some eye discomfort from using your digital devices. Here are some FAQ about computer vision syndrome. They may help you relax and learn how to relieve the symptoms.


How Does Computer Vision Syndrome Affect Vision?

Computer vision syndrome gets worse the more you use your digital devices. You will notice increased issues as time goes by. Your eyes must focus and refocus, moving back and forth as you read. It causes strain to your eye muscles that worsens if you do not act.


The use of digital devices also causes you to blink less often. When you do, your eyes dry out and blur your vision. The condition worsens as you age because your natural lenses and eye muscles become less flexible.


What Are the Symptoms?

It is not clear whether there is any long-term damage from computer vision syndrome. The symptoms usually disappear with treatment. They may interfere with your work performance, but you will be as good as new when you get help. The symptoms include:

  • Blurry vision.
  • Headaches.
  • Neck or back pain.
  • Eye irritation.
  • Dry eyes.
  • Double vision.


What Is the Treatment?

You will need to make changes to your work environment and digital screens. In severe cases, you may also need medical help. One thing you will always need to remember is to give your eyes a break. Heed the 20-20-20 rule, which refers to looking at an object 20 feet away, for 20 seconds, every 20 minutes. It helps to exercise your eye muscles.


Dim the lights in your work environment or buy a desk lamp with a movable shade. Deal with any surfaces that cause glare. You may need to move your monitor or close the shades. Also, add a glare filter to your monitor. Tweak your digital settings if you are still uncomfortable. These include contrast, brightness, and font size. If symptoms continue, get medical advice.


Will Computer Glasses Make the Screen Clearer?

Yes. Computer glasses eliminate the constant refocusing effort that causes strain to your eyes. In the process, they will increase your productivity and accuracy. You will need to ensure that they have the correct prescription.


Does Computer Vision Syndrome Affect Work Productivity?

Research shows that this is so. In cases where workers suffer from the syndrome, there is lower work productivity and accuracy at the computer. The losses increase as the day progresses. Computer glasses reduce eye fatigue and increase productivity.


How Can You Treat Eyestrain Naturally?

You can add foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids to your diet. They will deal with tear evaporation and improve the symptoms of dry eye. You can also use bilberry extracts to reduce eyestrain and eliminate fatigue.


For more information on computer vision syndrome, call Premier Vision Care Optometry at (310) 326-1200 to reach our office in Lomita, California.

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