It isn’t uncommon to spend at least part of your day working, surfing
the web or playing games on your computer or tablet. Unfortunately, people
who spend a significant amount of time on the computer may experience
vision problems that can be attributed to Computer Vision Syndrome.
Eye conditions and vision problems associated with the syndrome may range from eye discomfort,
including dry or red eyes, to eyestrain and blurred or even double vision.
If you have experienced dry eyes, headaches, blurred vision or other eye
problems after spending time on the computer, contact the Key-Whitman
Eye Center to schedule an exam. Computer Vision Syndrome can be diagnosed during a
comprehensive eye exam. If you spend time on the computer regularly, at work or for entertainment,
take these steps to improve
eye care and help prevent computer-related eye problems or Computer Vision Syndrome.
- Follow the 20/20/20 rule. For every 20 minutes you spend looking at a computer
screen, shift your gaze away from the screen and focus on something at
least 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
- Keep your computer screen at least 25 inches from your face, and position
it so you are looking slightly downward at the screen.
- Try to remember to blink frequently to keeps eyes moist. Artificial tears
can also be used to refresh your eyes when they are dry or irritated.
- Use a screen filter to reduce glare on the screen.
- Get plenty of sleep. Lack of sleep can worsen computer-related eyestrain.
If you spend all day working or studying on the computer, take regular
breaks or power naps to rest your eyes.
- Pay attention to how your eyes feel. If your eyes are tired or sore, it
is time to take a break.
- If you wear contact lenses, try to wear your eyeglasses instead of contacts
when working on the computer for long periods of time.
If you have been diagnosed with Computer Vision Syndrome, work with your
eye doctor to find solutions to alleviate your vision problems and eyestrain.
Treatment for Computer Vision Syndrome may include:
- Special prescription lenses designated for computer use. Your doctor may
even prescribe tinted or coated lenses to help improve your vision while
working on the computer.
- Vision therapy, also known as vision training, may be necessary to treat
problems with focus or eye coordination. Through structured activities,
vision therapy will train your eyes and brain to work together, improving
eye movement, focus and eye-brain connection.
- Several of the steps to preventing Computer Vision Syndrome may also be
used to treat the syndrome, including: relocating computer screen to 15
to 20 degrees below eye level and 20 to 28 inches from the eyes; adjusting
lighting to avoid glare; adjusting seating position so feet rest flat
on the floor and arms are supported while typing; taking regular breaks
and focusing on blinking more often.
If you have been experiencing problems with your vision or eye discomfort,
contact Key-Whitman today to schedule a
comprehensive eye exam.