Squinting at a computer, tablet, or mobile screen for hours at a time is a normal part of our lives in the 21st century. Unfortunately, eye problems associated with these activities are also on the rise. Even if you have never had eye problems before, you may have noticed computer vision syndrome symptoms after two or more hours of screen time. Signs include:
Even if your symptoms are mild, they can worsen and cause other vision problems if not addressed. Our ophthalmologists, Dr. Rhodes and Dr. Dang, can help.
The severity and length of computer vision syndrome symptoms depends on how long you stare at the computer, your posture, lighting, glare, the angle of the monitor, and whether or not you have other diagnosed or undiagnosed vision problems. If you already suffer from astigmatism, farsightedness, presbyopia, aging eyes, and/or diabetic eye problems, your computer vision symptoms may worsen. This can even be the case if you already have prescription contacts or glasses. Many regular eyeglasses and contact lenses are not designed to deflect the problems caused by computer screens.
Dr. Rhodes and Dr. Dang will take your symptoms, pre-existing conditions, and potential undiagnosed conditions into account as he performs the following eye tests:
From these measurements, our Lakeway eye doctors can design a treatment plan to help relieve your symptoms. For people with otherwise normal eyes and vision, a set of specially-designed glasses used during the time you are working on the computer can be very helpful. For patients already wearing contacts or glasses, new, more computer-friendly prescriptions are available. In addition to these treatment options, there are many things we can suggest to cut down on computer eye strain problems:
With a combination of the proper ophthalmology care and self-care, you can minimize computer eye syndrome and other modern-day vision problems. Contact us for an appointment today.
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