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The symptoms can be more intense if your contact lens or eyeglasses prescription is outdated.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