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Signs of Computer Vision

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Signs of Computer Vision Problems

If you are concerned that all the time you spend looking at a computer, phone, tablet, or laptop screens is causing problems for your eyes, here at Family Eye Health & Contact Lens Center in Lewiston, we have some suggestions on dealing with computer vision problems.

Extended Computer Use Can Cause Eye Strain

Extended computer use can cause eye strain or pain. The repetitive motion of moving your eyes around the screen and forcing your eyes to focus or refocus on images can cause this strain. It may manifest itself as headaches, dry eye, excessive tearing, or other symptoms.

Symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome

  • Headaches
  • Twitchy Eyes
  • Double Vision
  • Blurriness
  • Dry Eye
  • Burning Eyes
  • Shoulder Pain or Neck Pain

You may experience these symptoms when you've spent too much time staring at the screen. While most are temporary, they can also be symptoms of more serious problems. If you already have issues with your eyes, the symptoms may be worse.

Mitigating the Symptoms of Computer Vision

To help lessen symptoms of computer vision, try changing the position of your monitor to avoid glare. The ideal position for a computer screen is just below your eye level and approximately two feet from your face. If you find you are constantly leaning in or need to be closer than 24 inches to read, you may have other vision issues.

Force yourself to blink regularly. You likely blink less than normal when looking at the screen.

You should also take regular breaks. Try the 20/20/20 rule. This means you should focus on an object that is about 20 feet away for 20 seconds. You should do this at least once every 20 minutes.

Your Optometry and Eye Care Specialist

For all of your eye care needs and to find out how services used in optometry can help relieve your computer vision problems, book an appointment with Dr. Reginald Mailhot at Family Eye Health & Contact Lens Center in Lewiston today by calling 207-782-9501.