As your digital screen time increases, so do your chances of developing digital eye strain, aka computer vision. Computers play a major role in people’s lives today, for both work and play. Unfortunately, too much screen time can be detrimental to your visual clarity and the overall health of your eyes. If you’re having problems with your eyes, schedule a vision exam with an Eyear Optical optometrist on our optometry team to see if you're suffering from computer vision. We serve residents in Chattanooga, TN, Athens, TN, and Cleveland, TN.
About Computer Vision
Prolonged screen time can lead to computer vision. Symptoms of this condition include:
- Blurred vision
- Eye redness and fatigue
- Dry, scratchy eyes
Dry eye, refractive errors, or other pre-existing vision problems can make these symptoms worse. If you wear glasses or contacts, it’s important to update your prescription regularly to avoid eye strain when using digital devices. An annual eye exam can also enable an eye doctor on our optometry team to keep track of your vision to ensure you’re enjoying optimal sight.
Diagnosing Computer Vision
A typical eye exam at Eyear Optical entails checking your eye health and visual clarity and reviewing any problems you may be having with your vision. Vision problems can be caused by inaccurate glasses or contacts prescriptions, untreated eye issues or undiagnosed eye conditions. After ruling out all other causes of your symptoms, we’ll discuss your digital device use to determine if your problems could be the result of computer vision.
Treating Computer Vision
For the most part, computer vision symptoms are temporary, subsiding after taking time away from your digital device. If you have myopia, farsightedness or astigmatism, computer overuse could, over time, cause further deterioration of your sight. Our optometrist recommends the following measures to minimize computer vision symptoms and protect your eyes.
Get computer glasses: We can write you a prescription for specialty computer eyewear to help minimize eye strain when using digital devices.
Observe the 20/20/20 rule: Look away from your computer every 20 minutes at something 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds to rest your eyes.
Adjust your computer screen and lighting: Adjust your lighting to minimize glare that can irritate your eyes. Keep your computer screen at an optical distance.
Take frequent breaks: Lastly, take frequent breaks from your digital device.
Get an Eye Exam, Vision Exam, Contacts, or Glasses from an Optometrist on Our Eye Doctor Team
To schedule a vision exam for diagnosis of computer vision, contact us at Eyear Optical, serving Chattanooga, TN, Athens, TN, and Cleveland, TN, at (423) 805-7341.