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 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.
The symptoms of computer vision syndrome include:
You might also experience neck and shoulder pain. The symptoms may be caused or worsened by a number of factors, such as:
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.
To treat your computer vision syndrome, Dr. Poonawala might suggest:
Other treatment options for computer vision syndrome may include:
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.
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.
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.