For many people who work from home or take classes online, you might notice a slight difference in your eyesight. Whether it's increased blurry vision or increased eye pain, computer vision syndrome can manifest in different ways and wreak havoc on your eye health. At Today's Vision Conroe, our optometry team wants to help you find the right solution for computer vision syndrome. Below are answers to some of the many frequently asked questions to help you better understand this condition.
What Is Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS)?
Computer vision syndrome is a condition that can result from extended use of computers and other digital devices. The symptoms of CVS can include things like blurry vision, headaches, neck pain, and dry eyes. In some cases, people with CVS may also experience double vision.
Why Does Computer Use Cause These Symptoms?
There are a few reasons why looking at screens for long periods of time can cause vision problems. First of all, the human eye wasn't designed to look at screens for extended periods. This can lead to eye strain, which in turn can cause headaches, neck pain, and other symptoms of CVS. Additionally, staring at a screen can cause you to blink less, which can lead to dry eyes.
How Can I Prevent Computer Vision Syndrome?
There are a few things you can do to prevent CVS or at least minimize its symptoms. First of all, make sure that your computer screen is positioned so that your eyes are level with the top of the screen. This will help to reduce eye strain. Additionally, take breaks often to give your eyes a rest. Every 20 minutes or so, look away from the screen for at least 20 seconds. Finally, be sure to blink often to keep your eyes lubricated.
When Should I Visit an Optometrist?
If you're experiencing any of the symptoms of CVS, it's a good idea to visit an optometrist. They can help to diagnose the condition and recommend the best treatment for you. Additionally, if you already wear glasses or contact lenses, your optometrist can help to adjust your prescription if necessary.
Will I Need Medication?
In most cases, CVS can be treated with a combination of the prevention tips listed above and vision correction. However, in some cases, your optometrist may prescribe medication to help relieve symptoms. In addition, if your symptoms are being caused by another eye condition, an optometrist can help diagnose you with the right condition and provide appropriate treatment.
Find the Right Treatment for Computer Vision Today
If you have any other questions about computer vision syndrome or would like to schedule an appointment with our optometry team, contact us at Today's Vision Conroe to schedule your appointment!