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Computer Vision Syndrome Treatment

Computer vision syndrome is a common issue for people who spend most of their time in front of their computer or other types of technology. There is no evidence that prolonged computer use can cause any long-term damage to your eyes; however, it can cause symptoms that can make you uncomfortable.

What Are the Symptoms Of Computer Vision Syndrome?

If you spend most of your day in front of the computer for work or recreation, you may experience one or more of the following symptoms.

  • Blurry vision

  • Double vision

  • Eye irritation

  • Eye fatigue

  • Dry, red eyes

  • Frequent headaches

  • Neck or back pain

How Is Computer Vision Syndrome Treated?

There are a few ways that computer vision syndrome can be treated. Some of the treatments require you making changes when working at the computer and others would require a visit to the eye doctor. The changes you can make include:

  • Adjust the light in the room: Glare on the computer screen can cause computer vision syndrome. If the light from a window creates glare on the screen, you should move your monitor to a place with more shade. If the lights above are too bright, use a desk lamp with a movable shade instead.

  • Adjust your monitor: You should keep your monitor at eye level, between 20 and 28-inches away from your face. This will keep you from needing to strain your eyes to see the screen.

  • Take breaks: Looking away from your computer will give your eyes a chance to rest. This is where the 20-20-20 rule comes into play. Every 20 minutes, you should look at something 20-feet away and do so for 20 seconds.

  • Adjust your settings: The factory installed settings on your computer monitor might be too bright. If so, lower the brightness. You can also increase the font size so that you don't need to strain your eyes.

How Can An Optometrist Help?

If you are suffering from the symptoms of computer vision syndrome, your optometrist can make sure that your prescription is up to date. Also, they can prescribe an anti-glare coating on the lens to make working on the computer more comfortable.

If you work on the computer often, you should schedule an appointment with Main Street Optometry in Northport, NY. With the proper eye care, we can treat your symptoms of computer vision syndrome and prevent the issue from becoming worse.  Call us at 631-757-6190.

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