In today’s digital age that has become increasingly reliant on computers and mobile devices, our eyes do more work than ever before. The habit of staring at monitor screens and handheld LED displays for hours at a time can have seriously detrimental effects on your eyes. If you routinely suffer from eye discomfort, fatigue, and vision problems, you may be experiencing computer vision syndrome. The eye doctors at Primary Eyecare and Optical of Meridian can provide you with a number of eye care solutions to solve this emerging problem.
TREATING COMPUTER VISION
Computer vision syndrome, also known as digital eye strain, is characterized by symptoms of fatigue or discomfort caused by extended use of digital displays. Individuals suffering from computer vision syndrome may experience eye pain, itchiness, or redness, headaches, a feeling of fatigue in the eye muscles, neck pain, shoulder stiffness, and blurred or double vision. Certain symptoms may have different causes. Neck and shoulder discomfort may be related to non-ergonomic monitor height while itchy, reddened eyes may stem from dryness related to less frequent blinking. Blurred vision and headaches may be caused by underlying issues such as amblyopia, presbyopia or convergence insufficiency that make near focus more challenging.
SOLUTIONS FOR COMPUTER VISION SYNDROME
The optometrists at Primary Eyecare & Optical of Meridian can provide the appropriate eye care to treat your computer vision syndrome. Eye function and visual acuity may reveal problems that can be corrected through vision therapy and corrective lenses.
Modern eyewear can be made with blue light blocking lenses that filter out some of the HEV radiation that might harm the eye. These lenses reduce glare and eye strain while also helping to protect you against future vision loss.
When it comes to glasses, sometimes one pair does not fit every situation in our hectic lives. An eyeglass prescription catered to the demands of your personal work environment can make all the difference for your eyes' comfort throughout the day.
We can advise you on how to adjust your work area so that you’re using natural light without causing glare from your monitor. Since natural light is easier on the eyes than artificial light, adjusting your monitor’s brightness and position can also help to prevent computer vision syndrome.
Sometimes the best thing you can do for your eyes is to just give them a break. We will talk to you about the duration and frequency of “blink breaks” that keep your eyes fresh and hydrated.