Have you noticed headaches and blurry vision while on a device? Computer vision syndrome might be to blame. Learn more about this condition in the answers to some of the most common questions provided by our team at South Center Eye Clinic.
What exactly is computer vision?
Computer vision is a syndrome that is caused by staring at devices for long periods, which leads to eye strain. This can happen for a few reasons. One is that screens do not provide as clear of a picture as print does, so your eyes have to work harder. Another is that glare from the computer or poor lighting can cause the eyes to strain to see clearly. Additionally, most people don’t blink as much when staring at a screen, leading to dry eyes, eye strain, and more.
What are the symptoms of computer vision?
Eye strain is the most common sign, but it doesn’t stop there. Computer vision also causes blurry vision, headaches, fatigue, neck pain, shoulder pain, and more.
Can anyone develop computer vision?
Anyone that uses a digital device for prolonged periods can develop computer vision. However, it’s seen more in those who work on a computer, teens who play video games for long stretches, and anyone who scrolls through their phone for extended periods.
How can I prevent computer vision?
One of the best steps in avoiding computer vision is to take breaks from your screen by following the 20/20/20 rule. This states that you should take a 20-second break to look at something 20 feet away every 20 minutes.
You should also ensure you have proper lighting in your workspace, keep your screen at eye level, blink often, and consider blue light lenses or a filter for your device. These basic eyecare tips will go a long way in preventing computer vision symptoms.
What should I do if I have symptoms of computer vision?
First and foremost, you should visit your eye doctor. An eye exam can help ensure that there is no other eye condition playing a role. Even if your vision is perfect, an optometry specialist can help you with non-prescription eyeglasses that can protect your eyes and recommend any additional eye care tips.
Schedule An Eye Exam With Your Tukwila WA Optometrist
If you suspect computer vision is impacting your life, our team at South Center Eye Clinic is here to help you kick it to the curb. Make an appointment with our eye doctor today by calling (206) 431-8770.