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Symptoms and Prevention of Computer Vision Syndrome

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Computer vision syndrome wasn't around 20 years ago, but with today's technology literally at your fingertips, it affects a great number of people.
Computer vision syndrome is a vision disorder in which the use of computers, smart phones, tablets, and other types of technology strain the eyes and worsen your vision.
If you aren't sure if you suffer from computer vision syndrome, read on for the symptoms to keep an eye out for. Also, learn some prevention tips and treatment options to keep your eyes healthy.

Symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome

Computer vision syndrome may sometimes be confused with other issues, and you may not even know that the symptoms are actually related to your vision, as they are not limited to your eyes or sight. Some symptoms include:
  • Frequent headaches or migraines
  • Dry eyes
  • Eye pressure
  • Blurry vision
  • Neck or upper back pain
  • Fatigue (all over fatigue or eye fatigue)
  • Red eyes
These are just a few symptoms you may experience with computer vision syndrome. If you use technology throughout the day or often (which most people do), there are steps to take to make use of this technology a bit safer for you and to keep your vision healthy.

Safety Tips to Prevent Computer Vision Syndrome

There are a few things you can do to help prevent computer vision syndrome. Some of these things include:
  • Set limits. Setting limits on how long you are using your devices is going to help. If you are using your tech equipment for work, obviously you aren't going to be able to limit the time you spend on your computer, but you can set these limits at home when it may not be necessary. 
  • Re-wet your eyes. When looking at your tablet, smart phone, or computer, you may not notice it, but you aren't blinking as often. You're staring at these screens, which is drying out your eyes and causing strain. Re-wet your eyes by blinking often and looking away from the screen to try and focus on something else. Do this at least every 20 minutes.
  • Reduce glares. A glare on your computer screen or device is going to cause you to squint, which could cause eye strain. Reduce glare by making adjustments to your computer, or close the blinds or curtains.
  • Change your posture. If you're looking down at a tablet or phone, it's going to cause neck and shoulder strain and also put too much pressure on the back of your head and eyes. Hold the screen up higher so you're looking down just slightly at an angle. Sit up straight in your chair if using a computer and be sure your elbows are down at your sides. 
  • Adjust brightness and font. A screen that isn't bright enough (or is too bright) will also strain your eyes. Adjust the brightness as needed, and also adjust the font size to reduce eye strain.
These adjustments and changes will help your eyes, but if you already have issues with your vision due to computer vision syndrome, it's best to see your optometrist for a thorough eye exam and checkup. Your prescription may need to be updated, and your optometrist can offer you treatment options that are best for your vision.
Some treatment options includes the use of glasses that filter out blue light, wearing eyeglasses instead of contact lenses (to prevent worsening issues if your eyes become dry while wearing contact lenses), eye exercises, eye drops or even vision correction surgery.
Talk to your optometrist at Vision Care Center about any symptoms you have been experiencing with your vision and contact us to schedule a complete eye exam.