Computer Vision

Alisha Poonawala, O.D. -  - Optometry

Pack Optical

Alisha Poonawala, O.D.

Optometry located in Fort Worth, TX

The modern world of technology can be both advantageous and problematic. At Pack Optical in Fort Worth, Texas, Alisha Poonawala, OD, knows that the prolonged use of digital screens can be detrimental to your eye health and lead to computer vision syndrome. Dr. Poonawala offers effective treatments to combat the uncomfortable symptoms of computer vision syndrome, including corrective eyewear, special lenses for computer work, and vision therapy. To protect your eyes, book and appointment online or over the phone today.

Computer Vision Q & A

What is computer vision syndrome?

Computer vision syndrome, or digital eye strain, refers to a cluster of vision and eye-related problems that result from prolonged interaction with digital screens.

You might have vision problems and eye discomfort when you’re viewing digital screens for long periods of time.

What are the symptoms of computer vision syndrome?

The symptoms of computer vision syndrome include:

  • Eye strain
  • Headaches
  • Blurred vision
  • Dry eyes
  • Watery eyes

You might also experience neck and shoulder pain. The symptoms may be caused or worsened by a number of factors, such as:

  • Poor lighting
  • Digital screen glare
  • Improper viewing distances
  • Poor posture when seated
  • Uncorrected vision problems

The severity of your symptoms can depend on your current visual abilities, eye health, and the amount of time you spend looking at a digital screen. Uncorrected vision problems, such as astigmatism, farsightedness, and presbyopia, can play a role in developing visual symptoms when you’re using a device with a digital screen.

In most cases, the symptoms of computer vision syndrome will subside after some time, often after stopping computer work.

What treatments are there for computer vision syndrome?

To treat your computer vision syndrome, Dr. Poonawala might suggest:

  • Reducing the glare of the screens on your devices and controlling your lighting at home
  • Establishing proper posture and working distances for screen viewing
  • Correcting vision problems with suitable optometric treatment

Other treatment options for computer vision syndrome may include:

Special lenses

Since computer monitors are usually around 20 to 26 inches away from your eyes, your regular glasses may not be the best option for computer work. Special lenses designed for computer work can give you a larger intermediate area for viewing your computer.

The 20-20-20 rule

As you use your digital devices, Dr. Poonawala recommends the 20-20-20 rule. This rule advises you to take a 20-second break from your screen to view an object around 20 feet away every 20 minutes. Doing this can combat eye fatigue and help your eyes relax.

Vision therapy

Dr. Poonawala provides visual training or vision therapy. This is a structured program of visual activities designed to enhance your visual abilities by training your eyes and brain to work together more effectively. Special eye exercises can improve deficiencies in eye focusing and movement and reinforce the eye-brain connection. Vision therapy typically includes in-office and at-home procedures.

If you’re dealing with computer vision syndrome, take care of your eyes by booking an appointment online or over the phone with Pack Optical today.