Computer Vision Syndrome
Computer Vision Syndrome, also referred to as Digital Eye Strain, is one of the most common eye conditions affecting our population today. This is a term used to define vision-related conditions that happen as a result of spending too much time in front of a screen such as a computer, tablet, or smartphone. According to research, there is now a proven correlation between certain eye disorders and discomfort and the amount of time spent interacting with digital screens. The average American spends seven hours a day on the computer, whether at home or in the office. The number of people who suffer from Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) has increased dramatically in recent years, leading to optometrists (including our First Eye Care team) working to develop tips to alleviate digital eye strain.

Signs and Symptoms of CVS

If you spend a lot of time looking at a computer or other digital screen, there’s a good chance you are at risk of developing CVS. Thankfully, there are numerous things you can do to combat this digital eye strain. Before we go over these tips, let’s look at some of the most common signs and symptoms of CVS:

  • Headaches
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Eye strain
  • Dry eyes
  • Neck, back, and shoulder pain
  • Irritation

Treatment Options for CVS

For many people, prolonged amounts of time in front of digital screens is unavoidable. However, there are certain steps you can take to mitigate the effects of CVS. Here at First Eye Care, we are happy to discuss your options for treatment and help you adjust your surroundings and habits in order to protect your eyes. We work closely with our patients to help them find relief from digital eye strain. Some of the treatments and adjustments we offer include:

  • Corrective lenses - Schedule a contact lens exam with First Eye Care today to make sure your prescription is up-to-date. This is one of the most important steps you can take in order to safeguard your eyes and prevent you from straining them while looking at a computer screen.
  • Computer vision lenses - There are also lenses specifically for looking at electronic screens that may be ideal for some. These special lenses are beneficial because they filter the blue light before it reaches your eyes.
  • Reduce the glare - If your computer screen has a glare, it may be time to upgrade. When light reflects off of your screen, it can lead to strain and damage your eyes.
  • Adjust your display - Play around with your screen’s contrast and brightness until it is set to a level that is comfortable for you.
  • Take a break - It is recommended that people follow the 20-20-20 rule by looking away from the screen every 20 minutes to an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
  • Make sure your workspace is ergonomic - Your computer screen should never be too high or low, as this can create problems and cause you to strain your eyes.
At First Eye Care, our team is here to help you address any concerns with your vision due to digital strain. We have three convenient locations in Hurst, Keller, and Roanoke. Please visit one of these for more information on our comprehensive exams and what we can do to reduce symptoms associated with CVS.