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Many of us spend five or six hours a day staring at a computer screen at work. When we aren't working on our computers, we are staring at cell phone screens, tablet screens and laptop screens to connect with others on social media, play games or browse the Web. Digital eye strain, or computer vision syndrome, describes a constellation of eye symptoms caused by prolonged exposure to digital screens.
If your Plano optometrist diagnoses you with computer vision syndrome, treatment is available consisting of special eyewear designed specifically for computer use and professional advice regarding environmental and ergonomic factors that may be worsening your digital eye strain.
Your Plano eye doctor may determine you have CVS is you suffer one or more of the following:
In addition, computer screens emit high energy, short wavelength blue light, a type of light scattering more readily than visible light. Blue light has been called "visual noise" because it is unfocused and reduces the eye's ability to distinguish contrast. Blue light is one of the primary causes of digital eye strain. Other reasons you may need computer vision treatment in Plano include poor lighting at work, intense digital screen glare, improper posture while sitting at your computer and uncorrected refractive errors, such as astigmatism or nearsightedness.
Even if already you wear eyeglasses or contact lenses and your prescription has not changed, your Plano eye doctor may recommend special lens made to block blue light, reduce glare and increase contrast. Computer glasses can help decrease eye strain and eliminate symptoms of computer vision syndrome.
If your eye doctor finds you have problems with eye coordination or eye focusing, vision therapy may be needed to retrain your brain and eyes to work together better while improving your visual abilities. Vision therapy involves exercises to remediate issues interfering with eye teaming, eye focusing and eye movement.
Adjusting your computer screen so that it is a few inches below eye level and seating yourself about 25 inches away from your monitor can also help minimize computer vision syndrome symptoms. Purchase an anti-glare screen to reduce glare from overhead and surrounding lights. Don't forget to blink or take breaks away from your computer every 20 to 25 minutes.
To learn more about digital eye strain and computer vision treatment in Plano or to schedule an appointment with your Plano optometrist, contact Omni Eye Care Center today at (972) 985-7888.