Squinting at computer, tablet, or mobile screens for hours at a time is a normal part of our lives in the 21st century. Unfortunately, eye problems associated with this activity are also on the rise. Even if you have never had eye problems before, you may have noticed computer vision syndrome symptoms after two or more hours of screen time. Signs include:
- Blurry vision
- Eye strain and discomfort
- Dry, scratchy eyes
- Neck and/or shoulder pain
Even if your symptoms are mild, they can worsen and cause other vision problems if not addressed. Our optometrists, Dr. Vander Zee, Dr. Paul Greenfield and Dr. Jeannie Dehne, can help.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Eye Strain from Computer Use
The severity and length of eye strain symptoms depends on how long you stare at the computer, your posture, lighting, glare, the angle of the monitor, and whether or not you have other diagnosed or undiagnosed vision problems. If you already suffer from astigmatism, farsightedness, presbyopia, aging eyes, and/or diabetic eye problems, your computer vision symptoms may worsen. This can even be the case if you already have prescription contacts or glasses. Many regular eyeglasses and contact lenses are not designed to deflect the problems caused by computer screens.
Our doctors will take your symptoms, pre-existing conditions, and potential undiagnosed conditions into account as he performs the following eye tests:
- Visual acuity—Measures the quality of your current vision.
- Refraction—Tests the potential lens prescriptions that would optimize your vision.
- Focus and Eye Coordination—Tests how well your eyes work together and how quickly and accurately your eyes are able to focus on objects and varying distances.
From these measurements, Dr. Vander Zee, Dr. Paul Greenfield or Dr. Jeannie Dehne can design a treatment plan to help relieve your symptoms. For most patients, a set of specially-designed lenses used during the time you are working in the office or at the computer can be very helpful.
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With a combination of the proper optometry care and self-care, you can minimize computer eye syndrome and other modern-day vision problems. To schedule an appointment, call (605) 338-7104 today.