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Computer Vision

Computer Vision Treatment at Family Eye Health

In today’s society, many people have jobs that require them to stare at a computer screen for hours at a time, which can put a serious strain on your eyes. Not only are working adults affected by this, but kids who stare are computers or tablets during the day while at school and home can also have issues, especially if their posture and the lighting is less than ideal. Eye problems that are the result of extensive computer use is known as computer vision syndrome (CVS), which occurs when the eyes are strained from using a digital device for prolonged periods of time.

man with computer vision problems

What Causes Computer Vision Syndrome?

There are a variety of factors that cause an undue amount of strain on your eyes while you are working on a computer or other digital device. While working on a computer, your eyes are focusing and refocusing continuously; you move them back and forth to read and you look up and down from desk to computer, these movements require a significant amount of effort from your eye muscles, which ultimately puts a strain on the muscles, resulting in pain and discomfort. Some of the factors that may also affect the strain on your eyes while working on a computer include:

  • A glare on the computer screen
  • Poor lighting
  • The distance you are from the screen
  • Seating posture
  • Angle of your head
  • Other existing problems you may have with your vision

What Are the Symptoms of Computer Vision?

Your optometrist in Lewiston ME can diagnose computer vision syndrome through a comprehensive eye exam, through special attention paid to how your eye works and responds at a computer distance. If you experience symptoms of computer vision it is essential that you visit the Family Eye Health & Contact Lens Center as soon as possible for an eye examination. Symptoms of computer vision may include:

  • Headaches
  • Eyestrain
  • Dry eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Pain in your neck and/or shoulders
  • Eye irritation
  • Redness of the eyes
  • Muscle fatigue
  • Double vision

How is Computer Vision Diagnosed?

The first step is to visit the Family Eye Health & Contact Lens Center for a full eye examination, which will generally reveal if you are suffering from computer vision. If you work at a computer screen, it is typically recommended that you have your eyes checked by an optometrist in Lewiston ME once per year. It is also important to let your optometrist know that you are involved in work that requires continuous staring at a computer screen. Your optometrist will test your vision and look for a variety of specific factors, including:

  • Your personal history, such as your general health, any medications you take, the type of environment you work in and if you have any other factors in your life that may affect your vision
  • The accuracy of your vision, which allows the optometrist to determine if you need a prescription for eyeglasses and/or contacts
  • What your vision refraction is, which allows the optometrist to determine what lens power you need to compensate for nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism
  • Examine your eyes to determine how they move, work and focus together

The treatment for computer vision syndrome is often easy to accomplish. In fact, along with visiting your optometrist in Lewiston ME on a regular basis and making a few simple changes, you can reduce the effects of computer vision syndrome. Some of the things you can do to reduce the effects of computer vision syndrome include, making sure the lighting is comfortable on your eyes, avoid placing the computer in an area where there will be a glare on the screen, position your seat, desk and computer so that your head is in a natural and comfortable position and take frequent breaks.

Let Our Optometrist Treat Your Eyes Today

Don’t risk suffering from computer vision, contact Family Eye Health & Contact Lens Center today to schedule your comprehensive eye examination.