Computer vision is a common condition that occurs when you spend too much time looking at a computer monitor or another digital screen such as your phone or tablet. Fortunately, this condition can be easily treated by our eye care professionals at Precision Optometry.
What Causes Computer Vision Syndrome?
The most common cause of this condition is spending too much time looking at the screen of a digital device. Other causes include:
- Not blinking enough while looking at digital screens
- Using digital devices that produce glare or reflections
- Using your digital device at the wrong distance or angle
- Using digital devices where the contrast between the text and background is poor
- Bad posture
- Poor work ergonomics
Symptoms of Computer Vision
Computer vision causes eye strain and several other symptoms, including:
- Itching or burning eyes
- Blurry vision
- Double vision
- Sore neck, shoulders, or back
- Sensitivity to light and glare
- Trouble concentrating
- Difficulty keeping your eyes open
This condition can be diagnosed during your annual eye exam. Our optometry team will need to know the symptoms you are experiencing and your digital device habits.
There are a few ways to treat computer vision syndrome, including:
- Blue light blocking lenses: If you spend most of your day in front of a computer or other digital screens, our eye doctor may recommend special eyeglass lenses designed to protect your eyes from the light of the digital screen.
- Artificial tears: When you stare at digital screens for too long, it can cause dry eyes. Artificial tears will moisten your eyes, relieving your symptoms.
- Adjust your computer screen: Adjusting the brightness and contrast of your computer screen can help. Many modern computers, tablets, and cell phones have an automatic adjustment setting, which will adjust the lighting of your screen based on the time of the day.
- Your workstation: You can relieve some of the symptoms of computer vision by adjusting the setup of your workstation. Keeping your screen at the right distance from your eyes is essential. Set up your screen so that you do not have to look up or down to see it properly.
- Take frequent breaks: When using digital technology, you should use the 20/20/20 rule. This means that you should take a break every 20 minutes. While you take your break, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
Optometry Professionals in Rocklin, CA
If you are experiencing computer vision syndrome, schedule an appointment with Precision Optometry in Rocklin, CA. Our optometrist will examine your eyes to rule out any other issues before recommending appropriate treatment options. For more information on eye care or to schedule an appointment, call us at (916) 782-2020.