OC Optometry Group
Optometrists located in Newport Beach, CA
Computer vision syndrome is on the rise, right along with the use of computers, phones, and tablet devices. If you’re suffering from computer vision syndrome, you might have eye strain, headaches, or other problems. Ignoring the problem only makes it worse, so get help from an expert now. You’re always scheduled sooner rather than later, and emergencies are seen on the same day. The team at the OC Optometry Group in Newport Beach, California, can help you recapture good vision again, so book online or call the office today.
Computer Vision Q & A
What is computer vision syndrome?
Computer vision syndrome is a condition caused by excessive time in front of a computer, smartphone, tablet, or other electronic devices. Computer vision syndrome causes symptoms like:
- Dry eyes
- Blurry vision
- Itchy eyes
- Eye graininess
- Eye redness
- Eye discomfort or pain
If you wear contact lenses, you might also notice that your lenses dry out more often than they used to. If you have computer vision syndrome, the chances are high that you'll have several symptoms at one time. Symptoms tend to ebb and flow based on the amount of screen time.
Can my child suffer from computer vision syndrome?
Yes, anyone can suffer from computer vision syndrome. In this digital age, it's become fairly normal to spend a lot of time in front of screens, and for that reason, computer vision syndrome is growing more common every day.
Are there any risk factors for computer vision syndrome?
Yes, there are several risk factors for computer vision syndrome, including:
- Too-strong or too-weak eye prescription
- Using a high-brightness computer, smartphone, or tablet screen
- Looking at a screen from an angle of fewer than 14 degrees
- Work that requires you to stare at a screen without breaks
The good news about computer vision syndrome is that you can control your risk factors. Often, you can avoid computer syndrome (or a recurrence of computer vision syndrome) by taking a few simple steps with the help of your eye doctor.
What is the treatment for computer vision syndrome?
Your OC Optometry Group doctor performs a comprehensive eye examination to make sure that improper prescription strength isn't the reason for your computer vision syndrome. Sometimes, treatment is simply a prescription change and the symptoms should go away.
Your doctor may give you prescription artificial tears to hydrate and make your dry eyes more comfortable. Some basic changes can help you beat computer vision syndrome, including:
- Increasing the distance between your face and the screen (20-40 inches is ideal)
- Glancing away from the screen periodically to refocus your eyes
- Reducing screen brightness
- Using an anti-glare film on screens
Your eye doctor may suggest some other simple lifestyle changes.
Computer vision syndrome making you cringe? Get help now by booking online or by phone.