​What is Computer Vision Syndrome?

Computer vision syndrome, also referred to as digital eye strain, describes a group of eye- and vision-related problems that result from prolonged computer, tablet, e-reader and cell phone use.

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Who is Affected?

Most people who spend more than a few minutes at a time looking at digital devices, i.e. computer screens, phones, and tablets, have experienced “computer vision syndrome”. Some of my patients complain their distance vision is worse at the end of the day than when the day started. Others have told me they are experiencing a burning irritated sensation. Others exhibit the telltale signs of vision distress like headaches or sleepiness. Digital device usage is taking up more and more of our lives and there are a lot of things we can do to make your digital life so much better. Why suffer when the solutions are inexpensive and easy to achieve.

Human eyes are designed primarily for long distance vision and intermittent up close. But times have changed and we spend a considerable amount of time with our focus at arms length like at a desktop computer or closer focus like a laptop, tablet, or phones. Physiologically speaking we aren’t made to do this activity for more than 10-15 minutes at a time. The posture of the lens inside your eye and the muscles surrounding your eye are in an awkward position while using our near sight for longer periods of time.

Computer Eyewear & Tips to Reduce Eyestrain

It is recommended to take frequent breaks from intensive near vision use and focus on something beyond arms length to help relax your focus. Try a pair of glasses designed to assist your eyes in prolonged use of near vision work. Eyewear commonly referred to as computer glasses are not only for those who need a prescription. Even those with perfect vision need a lens designed to keep their eyes relaxed during these activities. They also have special filters to remove some of the light that negatively impacts your eye’s retina and can even disrupt your sleep.

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