What You Need to Know About Computer Vision Treatment
Nowadays, people spend upwards of 10 hours staring at their computers, smartphones, TVs, and tablets per day. Whether you're a college student who spends several hours writing essays or you work for long hours, you are likely to experience vision problems and eye discomforts depending on the amount of time you spend on a computer. Our optometrist at Greenwich Eye Care in Old Greenwich, CT, specializes in contact lens fitting and computer vision treatment.
What is Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS)?
A computer vision syndrome, also known as digital eye strain, is a condition caused by pronged use of computers and other digital devices. Reading text on digital screens is usually hard compared to printed text. It's for this reason that we encourage our patients to spend fewer hours on their electronic devices.
What Causes CVS?
There are a wide variety of factors that cause digital eye strain. Both adults and children suffer from this syndrome because of the overuse and exhaustion of the visual system. The eyes strain a lot whenever you look at your computer for long hours. Our visual systems are not meant for the intense visual demand, which usually happens when we stare at digital devices. Common causes of digital eye strain include:
- Reading continuously without resting your eyes
- Getting exposed to a lot of light
- Participating in activities that involve extended focus such as, driving for long hours
- Straining to see things in little light
- Exposing your eyes to dry moving air from air-conditioning systems or a fan
- Underlying eye problems such as uncorrected vision
When Should You Seek Computer Vision Treatment?
Some of the symptoms of computer vision syndrome include:
- Double vision
- Eye discomfort
- Dry eyes
- Itching eyes
- Eye redness
- Eye fatigue
- Blurred vision
The severity of CVS symptoms depends on:
- Your underlying eye problems
- The amount of time you spend on your computer
How Does One Prevent CVS?
Optometrists have discovered that digital eye strain significantly affects patients' visual comfort, work performance, as well as their overall well-being. To avoid CVS:
- Go for an eye examination
- Buy CVS glasses
- Take breaks whenever you're using digital devices
- Increase your eye blink rate
- Install blue light filters on your computer
Get Computer Vision Treatment Today!
If you need a comprehensive eye exam, contact lens, sunglasses, new eyeglasses, or computer vision treatment, call our optometrist today to schedule your appointment. Our eye care professionals at Greenwich Eye Care in Old Greenwich are always ready to help.