In a digital world, it’s no surprise that nearly 70 million people worldwide are at risk for computer vision syndrome, a series of visual symptoms caused by staring at a computer screen uninterrupted for hours at a time. Thankfully, most cases of computer vision syndrome are easily treated with a few changes to your viewing habits. At Ooh La La Optometry in Silverlake and Sherman Oaks, California, Dr. Ana Vargas can help review your screen habits and determine how to best prevent ongoing symptoms. To learn more, call to schedule your consultation or book online.
People who stare at computer monitors or other digital screens for hours at a time without sufficient breaks are at risk for a series of conditions affecting the head and eyes. Collectively, these symptoms are known as computer vision syndrome.
The most common cause of computer vision syndrome is the need to read print or observe other fine details on a computer screen. Unlike print, a computer screen doesn’t necessarily have the same level of contrast you’re used to when reading from a piece of paper, which can strain your eyes. In addition, glare, backlighting, and different viewing angles can further tax the eyes, more so than reading a simple piece of paper.
Generally, if you spend more than two uninterrupted hours at a time using a computer screen, you’re at risk for developing computer vision syndrome. Other contributors to the condition include poor posture, uncorrected vision problems, or improper viewing distance.
Computer vision syndrome features a series of telltale symptoms that just about anyone using a computer screen has likely experienced at some point, including:
These symptoms are at their worst while you’re actively using your computer screen, though unfortunately, they can last well after you stop using a computer screen. That means you may not connect your symptoms to your computer use.
To treat computer vision syndrome, the most effective thing you do is usually to change how you look at your computer screen. The condition results from habits, and changing your habits can make all the difference. Dr. Vargas can review your usage habits to determine what sort of solutions might help your symptoms, such as taking additional breaks from work, adjusting your seating, moving the monitor, or adjusting nearby lighting.
In addition to recommending changes to your screen viewing habits, Dr. Vargas may recommend special glasses or contact lenses that specifically reduce eye strain associated with computer screens. These lenses can help reduce glare or see the screens more sharply.
If you spend all day working on a computer and struggle with headaches and dry eyes, Dr. Vargas can help you find a solution. Call Ooh La La Optometry in Silverlake and Sherman Oaks, California, to schedule your consultation or book online.