Computer Vision Syndrome – Modern Eye Problems

Computer Vision Syndrome – Modern Eye Problems

November 28th, 2016

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Today, devices such as phones and computers are treated as an extension of our bodies. Technology has changed our world significantly, but it does not come without its issues. Staring at computer screens all day, which many people do at work, can wreak havoc on vision. This is such a common phenomena that we have a name for it: computer vision syndrome.

Basics of Computer Vision Syndrome

Computer vision syndrome, also known as digital eye strain, is a group of computer-related eye problems that occur with prolonged computer or gadget use. Around two-thirds of individuals who use computers suffer from computer vision syndrome, according to the Vision Council. Its main symptoms include blurry vision, eye fatigue or eye strain, headache, itchy eyes, and neck or shoulder pain.

Prevention of Computer Vision Syndrome

You would not want to develop computer vision syndrome and luckily, it is very preventable. Whenever you are working on your computer inside a brightly lit room, you may notice that it is hard to see the screen clearly and end up increasing the brightness of the screen. This is very harmful to the eyes and could lead to CVS. To avoid CVS, turn off nearby lamps and dim overhead lights, especially fluorescent bulbs. You can also close the blinds to prevent glare and use indirect lighting sources.

If you work with computers every day, try exercising your eyes frequently throughout the day by blinking them and take occasional breaks from staring at your computer screen.

Diagnosis and Treatment

To diagnose computer vision syndrome, a series of tests will be performed. Visual acuity is used to measure the quality of your vision. Focus and eye coordination tests are also needed to assess how well your eyes work together and how well they focus on objects at varying distances. Through these tests, your physician can create a treatment plan for you.

Treatment of computer vision syndrome can sometimes involve prescription glasses. When refractive error isn’t the culprit, your doctor can give you tips on how to reduce the effects of CVS. Things like taking frequent breaks from your computer, wearing special computer glasses, or adjusting the lighting in your room, can all be effective.

Contact ophthalmologist Dr. Danny Lee for your comprehensive eye exam today, and be sure to notify him of any vision problems you may be experiencing. Call our Decatur or Huntsville, Alabama locations today!