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Computer Vision Syndrome

eye rub businessmanExtended viewing of screens & devices is tough on our eyes.  Discuss your symptoms with your optometrist to find the best solution for you.

Symptoms:

  • Headaches, eye strain or double vision
  • Blurry vision & dry, irritated eyes

Treatment:

  • Prescription glasses can help your eyes function efficiently and comfortably in 2 ways:
    1. Improved clarity
    2. By changing the alignment of your eyes & how hard they must work to focus
  • Blue Blocking Filter - special coating that prevents the high intensity light emitted by screens from entering your eyes. Benefits include:
    • Regulation of sleep cycle (blue light can interfere with melatonin production)
    • Relief of tired eyes & eye strain
    • Protect your eyes from disease (possible association of blue light exposure & development of macular degeneration)

Other Tips:

  • Position your screen at arm’s length and ~20 degrees below eye level
  • Keep room lighting the same brightness as your screen
  • Minimize glare by using glasses with anti-reflective coating and blue blocking filter
  • 20/20 rule: every 20 minutes take a 20 second break to look 20 feet away
  • BLINK often and fully: blink rate drops dramatically with computer use and many patients may only blink partially (don’t close fully), which  can cause significant dryness and irritation.
    • Talk to your doctor about the best treatment for your dry eye.

Be sure to tell your optometrist the set up of your work station  (laptop vs desktop, screen height & distance) and additional details of your work area (lighting, air flow, etc). Book an appointment today to help alleviate your computer strain!

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