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Computer Vision

Understanding Computer Vision Syndrome

While computers and digital devices have become essential to everyday life for work or enjoyment, did you know too much exposure to digital screens can impact your eye and vision health? You can develop a condition known as computer vision syndrome when looking at a digital screen for extended periods. This condition can significantly impact your day-to-day life by causing blurry vision, eye strain, and headaches. Prosper Eye Gallery in Prosper, TX, can detect and treat your computer vision syndrome during an eye exam. Continue reading to learn about the causes of this condition and how to treat it.

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Causes of Computer Vision Syndrome

While digital screen exposure may not cause permanent eye damage, extended digital screen use can cause dry and tired eyes, blurry vision, and headaches. These symptoms occur due to our eyes blinking less while using digital screens. The frequent movement of our eyes and squinting to read letters on computer screens also leads to computer vision syndrome. People with dry eyes or nearsightedness have a higher risk of developing this condition.

Managing and Treating Computer Vision Syndrome

Most people can manage computer vision syndrome through simple behavioral and environmental changes, including:

•           Blinking more: Give yourself mental or visual cues to blink thoroughly and more frequently. Use everyday cues or the completion of micro-tasks to signal the need to blink several times.

•           Lubricate the eyes: Apply over-the-counter eye drops periodically to prevent dry eyes.

•           The 20-20-20 rule: Look away from the computer screen every 20 minutes to view an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds.

•           Adjust work area: Revise your desk and seating arrangement so the screen is 25-30 inches from your eyes and slightly below eye level. Avoid screen glare and overly bright screens.

If the simple changes described above do not resolve the situation, visit your optometrist for an eye exam. Your optometrist will discuss your screen habits and perform tests before recommending treatment. Some of the ways your optometrist can treat computer vision include:

•           Computer Eyeglasses: Your optometrist can prescribe specialized lenses to wear when using a computer screen. These lenses block blue light to ensure your eyes remain protected and healthy.

•           Vision therapy: Vision therapy utilizes exercises that train the eyes to work more effectively under certain conditions, alleviating computer vision issues.

Contact Prosper Eye Gallery for Computer Vision Treatment Today Computer vision syndrome can cause several irritating symptoms that impact your ability to work efficiently or enjoy activities involving digital screens, so contact Prosper Eye Gallery in Prosper, TX, to get the computer vision treatment necessary to feel like yourself again. Call us and schedule an eye exam at (214) 305-4020 to protect your eyes and vision.

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