Computer Vision Specialist

Farrah Khoja, OD -  - Optometry

Vision Source of Crystal Falls

Farrah Khoja, OD

Optometry located in Leander, TX

Computer vision syndrome is becoming a very common problem for many men, women, and even kids today. When you think about how many hours you spend in front of a computer, tablet, or phone screen, it’s really not shocking that you can develop headaches, blurry vision, and red eyes. At Vision Source of Crystal Falls in Leander, Texas, experienced optometrist Farrah A. Khoja, OD, has the computer vision syndrome solutions you need, so make your appointment online or by phone today.

Computer Vision Q & A

What is computer vision syndrome?

Computer vision syndrome, sometimes also called digital eye strain, is eye discomfort or other problems that appear after extended computer or digital device use. It’s a common problem for millions of Americans. According to the American Optometric Association, computer vision syndrome is the reason for about 10 million eye exams each year.

What are the symptoms of computer vision syndrome?

When you use a computer or other digital device for long periods, you tend to blink less than you should and you often stay in the same position for a long time. This can cause problems including: 

  • Tired-feeling eyes
  • Headaches
  • Blurry vision
  • Dry eyes
  • Sore neck

The symptoms can be more intense if your contact lens or eyeglasses prescription is outdated.

How is computer vision syndrome treated?

A thorough eye exam is the first step in treating computer vision syndrome. Dr. Khoja can identify any underlying conditions that require treatment and can prescribe new eyeglasses or contacts if you need them.

Dr. Khoja could recommend artificial tears or prescription eye drops to restore ideal eye lubrication. Often, changing the way that you approach computer use and other digital screens can resolve computer vision syndrome. 

A few ways that you can ease computer vision syndrome symptoms include:

  • Sitting about 25 inches (about your arm's length) from your computer screen
  • Placing your computer screen a bit lower than eye level
  • Reducing screen glare with a matte filter
  • Reducing screen brightness
  • If you wear contacts, switching to glasses occasionally

Also, you can implement the 20-20-20 rule: For every 20 minutes of computer time, focus your eyes a minimum of 20 feet away, keeping your gaze there for 20 seconds. Also, be mindful of your blinking. Simply blinking your eyes periodically helps you maintain proper eye lubrication, and it just takes a fraction of a second.

If you continue these smart computer-use practices going forward, you can prevent computer vision syndrome from returning.

To get help for the discomfort and irritation of computer vision syndrome, use online scheduling or call Vision Source of Crystal Falls to make your appointment with Dr. Khoja now.