Computer Vision Syndrome Treatment

Do you spend most of your time staring at a computer screen for work? Are you spending more time than ever in front of different digital devices? If you’re spending a lot of time in front of a computer and find you’re experiencing headaches, eyestrain, and difficulty focusing on objects in the distance, you may be suffering from computer vision syndrome, otherwise known as digital eye strain.  

What is Computer Vision Syndrome?  

Computer vision syndrome, otherwise known as digital eye strain, is a group of eye and vision problems caused by viewing digital screens for extended periods of time.  

The average worker in the United States spends seven hours a day on the computer, either in an office or working from home. 1 Staring at computer screens for an extended period can cause discomfort, especially if your workstation isn’t properly set up, or you have uncorrected vision problems.  

What are Symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome?  

People who are suffering from computer vision syndrome may experience the following symptoms:  

  • Headaches 
  • Blurry vision 
  • Eyestrain  
  • Neck and shoulder pain  
  • Dry eyes 

Symptoms can be worsened by sitting at an improper distance from your computer screen, glare from the computer screen, poor posture, poor lighting, and uncorrected vision problems, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia. 

How is Computer Vision Syndrome Diagnosed?  

If you’ve been experiencing symptoms of computer vision syndrome, the first step is to schedule an appointment for a comprehensive eye exam. Dr. James Barton will assess your vision and how well your eyes work together so that any existing vision problems can be corrected.  

How is Computer Vision Syndrome Treated?  

Treatment involves Implementing changes in your work environment and daily habits to alleviate symptoms of computer vision syndrome.   To avoid or reduce the symptoms of computer vision syndrome, follow the 20-20-20 rule:  

Dr. James Barton may also recommend the use of computer lenses for your eyeglasses to enhance your vision at near and intermediate distances which you can wear while working. These lenses can adjust your focus so that it’s optimized to look at a computer screen and make you feel more comfortable while working.  

Concerned about Computer Vision Syndrome? Book an Appointment for a Comprehensive Eye Exam at Ensight Eyecare 

If you’ve been experiencing symptoms of computer vision syndrome, contact us today to schedule a comprehensive eye exam.