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Computer Vision Syndrome In Fair Oaks

If your days at the computer usually end up with itchy, watery eyes and blurred vision, you're probably suffering from a combination of symptoms that make up computer vision syndrome. At Swan Family Optometry, we see patients every week who suffer from eyestrain and headaches, all because of their time in front of computer monitors, tablets, and smartphones. While this syndrome is becoming more common all the time, our Fair Oaks optometrist has some solutions to ease your eyesight problems.

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What is Computer Vision Syndrome?

If you spend many hours in front of a digital screen every day, you're likely to develop computer vision syndrome. This group of eye-related symptoms results from prolonged screen usage. After many hours in a row of using a computer, a tablet, or a smartphone, people begin to suffer from the following symptoms:

  • Headaches
  • Blurred vision
  • Dry eyes
  • Eyestrain
  • Neck and shoulder pain

The severity of the symptoms is directly related to the number of hours of exposure to digital screens. This might seem like good news, but if your job relies on computer usage, you'll have to take positive steps to prevent the symptoms from happening each day.

Fair Oaks Eye Doctor Discusses Causes of Computer Vision Syndrome

In general, these problems are due to hours of exposure to digital screens of all types. It's not just the screens themselves, though. The problem arises when you use these devices in combination with surrounding conditions that make it worse. According to our Fair Oaks eye doctor, some of the more common contributing factors are:

  • Uncorrected vision problems
  • Poor seating posture
  • Glare on the screen
  • Bad lighting
  • Improper viewing distance

The worst symptoms happen when there's a combination of these problems all added together. 

Computer Vision Syndrome Treatment

Treatment for these problems happens on two fronts. Our eye doctor can examine your eyes to make sure your vision prescription is correct. Many people develop a need for a separate prescription for computer usage as they age. If this is the case, we can create a separate pair of glasses to be work only when you work.

Once you have the right vision correction, there are a lot of lifestyle changes you can make to help yourself at home and at work. The first step should be to constantly follow the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break to focus on something 20 feet away. This gives your eyes a chance to stretch their focus, much like you stretch your legs by standing up frequently during the work day.

Set up your workspace correctly so that your monitor is two feet away from your face, and the middle of the screen is at eye level. Control glare in the room and take a break every two hours.

Computer Vision Syndrome FAQs

More and more often, people of all ages are spending hours every day looking at a computer, cellphone, or another screen. This takes a toll on the eyes and causes problems like eye strain, eye twitching, dry eyes, tired eyes, blurry vision, double vision, headaches, and more. Such effects are so common that they have been given a name: computer vision syndrome (CVS).

woman struggling with her vision on the computer.

What Makes Looking at a Screen so Hard on the Eyes?

It is believed that the main problem is the lack of contrast and hard edges on the characters seen on a screen as compared to those printed on paper. The pixels that make up on-screen characters are darker in their centers and diminish in darkness toward their edges. While this may not be consciously noticeable, it causes the eyes to shift to a lesser level of focus called the "resting point of accommodation." Then, the eyes struggle to regain full focus. Over time, this constant flexing of the eye's focusing muscles, though tiny, causes the fatigue that leads to CVS.

Preventing the Symptoms of CVS

While spending less time looking at screens may seem like an obvious solution, that often isn't really feasible. Many jobs involve working on the computer all day, and a large amount of our entertainment comes through it – or via cell phone apps – as well. This means that something must be done to make prolonged use easier on your eyes.

One of the best realistic ways to deal with CVS is to get special computer glasses from your optometrist in Fair Oaks. These glasses are made to improve vision at the typical distance of a computer screen. This is closer than the range that "distance" glasses are meant to cover, but farther away than the intended range of reading glasses. Wearing them makes it easier to focus, thereby lowering the amount of strain on your eyes.

When you go in for glasses, the Fair Oaks eye doctor will also give you an eye exam. This can detect other related problems, such as dry eye, that are causing you discomfort. Eye drops or other solutions can then be prescribed.

Do Computer Vision Glasses Look Normal?

Yes. Any frames that can hold prescription lenses will work for CVS glasses. This is because it's the prescription, not the frame, that is different. You don't even need to add a tint - just a prescription from your eye doctor in Fair Oaks.

Can I Get My New Computer Vision Glasses From My Optometrist?

Yes. There is no need to order from a special provider. You can get your prescription and glasses right here at Swan Family Optometry.

See Our Eye Doctor in Fair Oaks

If you're suffering from the symptoms of computer vision syndrome, our eye doctor in Fair Oaks can help. Call our office at  916-966-6080 to make an appointment.

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