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Viewing computer, tablet, or mobile 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 notice 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 problems if not addressed. Our optometrists can help.
The severity of computer vision syndrome symptoms depends on how long you stare at the computer, your posture, lighting, glare, the angle of the monitor, and whether or not you have other vision problems. If you already suffer from astigmatism, farsightedness, presbyopia, dry 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 offset the problems caused by computer screens.
We will take your symptoms, pre-existing conditions, and potential undiagnosed conditions into account as we perform the following eye tests:
From these measurements, we can 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 designs are available. In addition to these treatment options, there are many things we can suggest to cut down on computer eye strain problems: