If you work in front of a computer all day and frequently experience headaches, shoulder pain and blurry vision, you may have computer vision syndrome. Our eye doctor in Conway can help ease your computer vision symptoms and provide any needed vision correction.
Computer Vision Syndrome Causes
Computer vision syndrome or digital eyestrain is caused by excessively staring at computer screens, cell phones and other portable electronic devices. It is not known to cause long term eye problems, but it can make the computer user very uncomfortable, and in some cases, it can lower productivity by causing the user to be unable to see the screens clearly.
Signs You Should See an Eye Doctor for Computer Vision Syndrome
Individuals with computer vision syndrome often experience eyestrain, moderate to severe headaches, shoulder and neck pain, blurred vision, double vision and dry, bloodshot or red eyes. While digital eyestrain does not cause permanent vision problems, it should be corrected as soon as possible to reduce discomfort. Typical reasons for digital eyestrain include poor posture, poor workstation ergonomics, glare, bad lighting and vision problems that are uncorrected. If you are experiencing symptoms of computer vision syndrome, do not hesitate to schedule an appointment with our eye doctor for a complete evaluation.
Easing Computer Vision Syndrome at the Office with Help from our Optometrist in Conway
Our optometrist in Conway can help you determine the causes of your eyestrain, double vision, headaches and dry eye. We will start with a thorough examination to rule out any undetected vision problems, including nearsightedness and farsightedness. If we find uncorrected vision problems, we will recommend glasses or contacts so that you can see clearly.
We will also ask about your workstation and the lighting, as well as the ergonomics of your desk and symptom history. We typically recommend that computer users remove all areas of glare on their computer screens by lowering lighting levels, moving their desks or monitors and closing window blinds. The distance of the computer monitors should also be adjusted to no more than 28 inches from the user’s eyes.
Individuals should also take frequent breaks by either looking around the room or getting up from their computer desk. The settings on the computer may also need to be adjusted. Factory settings do not work for all people. We recommend testing monitor lighting levels and colors to determine which settings are easiest on your eyes.
If these correction tips fail to help, we can recommend special lenses to help reduce your eyestrain so that you can work more comfortably and effectively. Lenses that are designed for computer use help reduce glare on the screen, and they can help improve the contrast, which reduces computer eyestrain.
If you are experiencing symptoms of computer vision syndrome, schedule an appointment with our optometrist in Conway for a full examination by calling our office at 843-488-2020.