Computer Vision Syndrome

Computer Vision Syndrome, also known as digital eye strain, has quickly become one of the most common eye conditions affecting our population today. As you may imagine, Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) refers to vision-related conditions that happen as a result of spending too much time in front of a screen - computer, tablet, or smartphone. Studies indicate that there is a very real correlation between some common eye conditions and the amount of time spent looking at digital screens. The average American spends seven hours a day on the computer, whether at home or in the office. In recent years, the number of people who suffer from CVS has increased, which is why our team of vision experts are so dedicated to help our patients alleviate digital eye strain.

What Are the Common Symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome?

Let’s face it, there is no way around sitting in front of a computer or looking at your smartphone or tablet on a daily basis. We live in a digital world where this is simply part of our lifestyle. While some people spend more time than others in front of digital screens, the fact of the matter is that many people are at risk of developing CVS. However, there are many different steps you can take to prevent digital eye strain from wreaking havoc on your life. Before we look at some of the most common treatment options for CVS, let’s look at the symptoms associated with it:

  • Headaches
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Eye strain
  • Dry eyes
  • Neck, back, and shoulder pain
  • Irritation

Treatment Options for CVS

If your job or lifestyle requires you to be in front of a computer or other digital screen for long periods of time, there are a few things you can do to mitigate the effects of CVS. At First Eye Care McKinney, we are happy to discuss your options for treatment and help you adjust your surroundings and habits in order to protect your eyes. We are dedicated to our patients and will do everything in our power to help them find relief from this common condition. Some of the most effective treatments we offer for CVS include:

  • Corrective lenses - The first thing you should do is make sure your contact lens prescription is up-to-date. Schedule a contact lens exam with us today to get this done. The right contact prescription is an excellent safeguard for your eyes and can prevent you from straining them while looking at a computer screen.
  • Computer vision lenses - There are specific lenses for looking at electronic screens that may be ideal for some. These special lenses are beneficial because they filter the blue light before it reaches your eyes.
  • Reduce the glare - If your computer screen has a glare, it may be time to upgrade. When light reflects off of your screen, it can lead to strain and damage your eyes.
  • Adjust your display - It may be helpful to adjust your screen’s contrast and brightness until it is set to a level that is comfortable for you.
  • Take a break - It is recommended that people follow the 20-20-20 rule by looking away from the screen every 20 minutes to an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
  • Make sure your workspace is ergonomic - Your computer screen should never be too high or low, as this can create problems and cause you to strain your eyes.

To learn more about digital eye strain and how we can help reduce your symptoms here at First Eye Care McKinney, please give us a call today and schedule an appointment.