Suffer from Headaches, Neck Pain or Eyestrain Due to Excessive Screen Time? This New Treatment May Be for You
- Posted on: Jul 17 2018
Smartphones, tablets, PCs – on average, Americans spend a whopping
9+ hours on digital devices every day,1 which can lead to nagging physical symptoms, including headaches, neck
and shoulder pain, eyestrain and others. Fortunately, the discovery of
the root cause of these issues has led to a revolutionary treatment for
these symptoms of digital vision syndrome: prescription neurolenses.®
Contact Key-Whitman Eye Center at (214) 220.3937 to schedule a neurolens screening
at our Dallas location.
What’s really causing the symptoms of excessive screen time?
According to Key-Whitman Eye Center’s optometrist Amanda Hoelscher,
“Recent research has revealed that people experiencing headaches,
neck tension and eye strain often share a common trait: Their vision is
misaligned.2 This makes sense when you think about how the eyes were originally designed
to work back in the caveman days – to focus on things far away.
Fast forward to today, where we’re spending most of our days staring
at digital devices – our eyes and bodies are rebelling.”
Digital vision syndrome – or computer vision syndrome – can
cause a number of telltale symptoms, including:
• Neck, shoulder and back pain
• Blurred vision
• Dry eyes
• Light sensitivity
• Discomfort at the computer
How does misaligned vision cause headaches and neck, shoulder and back pain?
While it may sound logical that eyestrain, blurriness and eye discomfort
can result from excessive screen time, we need to look to science to explain
the other symptoms.
As Dr. Hoelscher explains, “An astounding 90 percent of people have
a more severe misalignment of vision at near compared to distance.3 When the eyes are misaligned, that puts pressure on the visual system,
making it work harder to compensate for the misalignment. This can lead
to overstimulation of the largest and most complex nerve connected to
the brain, the trigeminal nerve, which is responsible for sending sensations
to the head, eyes, neck and shoulders.”
The solution? Correct misaligned vision at all distances with prescription
The neurolens is the world’s first and only prescription lens that
adds a contoured prism to bring the eyes into alignment, helping to relieve
the symptoms of digital vision syndrome. Dr. Hoelscher is the first North
Texas optometrist to offer neurolens screening and neurolenses at her
North Dallas Key-Whitman practice.
“In our practice, we hear patients complain about headaches, neck
tension and eye strain daily. I’m understandably excited to be able
to offer a solution that has been shown to alleviate these symptoms and
provide relief to my patients. The results with neurolens have been astounding,”
Dr. Hoelscher says.
Research shows the benefits of neurolenses are many
After wearing prescribed neurolenses:
Nine out 10 people experienced symptom relief.4
B). Of patients suffering computer vision syndrome, 86 percent reported
their symptoms were
C). Of those suffering from
chronic headaches, 81.6 percent reported a reduction in symptoms after 90 days of wear.5
D). Nearly 75 percent of people reported their
symptoms were “reduced substantially” or “basically gone” after 45 days.6
Want to find out if your vision is misaligned and tackle digital vision
syndrome head on?
Contact Dr. Hoelscher’s North Dallas office to schedule a screening
with the proprietary neurolens Measurement Device. “The neurolens
eye tracking device objectively and accurately detects and measures eye
alignment at distance and near in less than three minutes. Results help
us determine the contoured prism prescription for neurolenses,”
Dr. Hoelscher says.
Patients who think they may be a candidate for neurolens can call (972)
905-9128 to schedule a neurolens screening at Dr. Hoelscher’s North
Dr. Hoelscher can even fit an existing pair of eyeglasses with the neurolens
contour prism prescription lenses if the patient prefers. Just bring your
eyeglasses with you on your screening day.
ABOUT DR. HOELSCHER:
Amanda Hoelscher, O.D., is board certified by the American Board of Optometry.
In her practice, Dr. Hoelscher performs comprehensive dilated eye examinations
for diagnosis and treatment of ocular disease, and she is extensively
trained in preoperative and postoperative management of cataract and refractive
surgery. A graduate of the University of Houston College of Optometry,
Dr. Hoelscher also served as a co-investigator for the FDA in LASIK. She
sees patients at Key-Whitman’s North Dallas office, a practice dedicated
to multi-generational family eye care. In her free time, Dr. Hoelscher
enjoys traveling and spending time with her two children.
Photo Source: iStock
1. Sheikh, K. Most Adults Spend More Time on Their Digital Devices Than
They Think. Scientific American. March 1, 2017.
2 Miles, C, Krall, J, Thompson, V, Colvard, M.
A New Treatment for Refractory Chronic Daily Headache.
3. Indiana University School of Optometry. Cross-Coupling of Accommodation and
Convergence (AC/A and CA/C). Oculomotor Functions & Neurology.
4. Data on file, eyeBrain Medical.
5. Miles, C, Krall, J, Thompson, V, Colvard, M. A New Treatment for Refractory
Chronic Daily Headache.
6. Survey of 360 neurolens patients after 45 days of treatment. Data on
file, eyeBrain Medical.