What Is Computer Vision Syndrome?
Computer vision syndrome is a health condition that impacts thousands of Americans every year. In most cases, it is caused by using digital screens of electronic devices (computer monitors, tablets, laptops, e-readers, and smartphones) for a long time without blinking enough, at an improper distance, without breaks, or before sleep.
Signs of a Computer Vision Syndrome
The most common symptoms of this condition include the following:
- Shoulder or neck pain
- Blurry vision
- Ocular pain
- Dry eyes
However, it is important to know that the above-mentioned symptoms can occur with many other visual health conditions. Therefore, if you have any of these signs, you need to see an eye doctor as soon as possible.
Moreover, if not addressed, the symptoms can become worse and cause other vision problems.
Diagnosis of a computer vision syndrome
Computer vision syndrome is diagnosed through a comprehensive eye examination through an optometry clinic. The special vision and eye testing may include the following procedures:
- Refraction - tests the potential lens prescription for the vision optimization
- Visual acuity - evaluate the quality of the current vision of a patient
- Focus and eye coordination - evaluates how well both eyes work together and how accurately the eyes can focus on varying distances and particular objects.
The most effective treatment is making changes in the use of your electronic devices. Changes may include enlarging the text on your screen, reducing the glare from other sources of light, taking short brakes every 20 minutes when working on the computer, and others. If you have tried home eye care options and they did not help, it is better to go to an optometry clinic.
Shippee Family Eye Care, P.C. - Your Optometrist in Lancaster, St. Johnsbury, and Montpelier
Our optometry clinic in the Montpelier area provides patients with a multitude of eye services, including treatment of a computer vision syndrome. Our highly qualified optometrists design a special individual treatment plan for relieving the symptoms of this condition. If you think you may have a computer vision syndrome, do not hesitate to contact our clinic to schedule an appointment with one of the eye doctors in Lancaster, St. Johnsbury, or Montpelier.