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Computer vision syndrome does exist and is in fact a prevalent condition challenging many people. Squinting at computers, tablets or cell phone screens for hours at a time is a normal part of our lives in the 21st century. Unfortunately, eye problems associated with this activity are also on the rise. Even if you have never had eye problems before, you may have noticed computer vision syndrome symptoms after two or more hours of screen time. Signs include:
Even if your symptoms are mild, they can worsen and cause other vision problems if not addressed. Our doctors can help.
The severity and length of computer vision syndrome symptoms depend on a variety of factors including how long you stare at the screen, your posture, lighting, glare, the angle of the monitor and whether or not you have other diagnosed or undiagnosed vision problems. If you already suffer from astigmatism, farsightedness, presbyopia, aging eyes and/or diabetic eye problems, your computer vision symptoms may worsen. This can be the case even if you already have prescription contacts or glasses. Many regular eyeglasses and contact lenses are not designed to deflect the problems caused by computer screens.
Our team will take your symptoms, pre-existing conditions and potential undiagnosed conditions into account as we performs the following eye tests:
From these measurements, our doctors design a treatment plan to help relieve your symptoms. For people with otherwise normal eyes and vision, a set of specially-designed glasses used during the time you are working on the computer can be very helpful. For patients already wearing contacts or glasses, new, more computer-friendly prescriptions are utilized. In addition to these treatment options, there are many things we can suggest to cut down on computer eye strain problems:
With a combination of the proper care from our doctors and self-care, you can minimize computer eye syndrome and other modern-day vision problems.