Swan Family Optometry in Fair Oaks, CA provides complete eye care for your family, from treatment of eye disease and laser surgery to everyday care like glasses and treatment for computer vision. The malady known as computer vision is a collection of symptoms centering around habitual and prolonged computer use.
Swan Family Optometry offers our clients and online visitors’ facts and answers to frequently asked questions about computer vision.
Q: What does computer vision feel like?
A: Your eyes may appear red and feel strained or painful, and they might feel dry or even scratchy. Headaches may become more frequent than normal, and your neck and/or back could begin to hurt from posture associated with straining to see a computer screen through the glare. You might also notice changes in your vision, such as blurriness or seeing double.
Q: If I do not work long hours constantly at a computer, am I still susceptible to computer vision?
A: Even if you do not spend every working hour at a computer, using one regularly or frequently can still result in computer vision. Studies found that between 50% and 90% of those who spend a significant amount of time at a computer suffer from eye problems, and children now use computers and tablets in school more than ever so this may now start even earlier in life.
People over 40 may also begin to have trouble focusing their eyes, which can cause them to strain to see the screen. Having other eye issues also compounds the problem. Your optometrist will have some suggestions as to how to improve your work situation and reduce eye irritation. Schedule an exam to check your glasses prescription and to see that no other diseases are developing.
Q: How does computer vision develop?
A: Time in front of a computer screen means reading print of all sizes and processing high-contrast, ever-changing images. Your brain must react constantly to the rapid changes as your eyes follow them, in addition to repetitive motions of your eye muscles as they go back and forth to read line by line. All of this eventually strains the eyes. In addition, lighting in the room often produces glare on the screen, making it even harder to see or read. People also tend to blink less frequently when using a computer, and this has a drying effect since blinking distributes moistening tears over the eye.
Q: What are some things I can do to alleviate computer vision?
A: Try taking a break from the computer every 20-30 minutes or so. If you can, position your desk or computer in a way that reduces glare, and you can also install a glare filter on your computer. Besides making an appointment with your optometrist to confirm that your glasses prescription is accurate, be honest with your optometrist about any eye irritation you may be feeling.
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