Computer Vision FAQs
Along with the advantages of modern technology, there are also drawbacks. Excessive use of modern digital devices such as computers can result in developing a condition called computer vision syndrome. These FAQs from AssureVision, serving residents in Arlington Heights, and Barrington, IL, explain more about this condition.
What is computer vision?
Computer vision is eye strain caused by prolonged use of computers. The following factors contribute to developing computer vision syndrome:
- Improper screen to eye distance
- Poor lighting and glare off of your computer screen
- Blue light emissions from computer or digital device screens
- Prior untreated vision problems
- Dry eye symptoms caused by reduced blinking when using your computer
What symptoms are associated with computer vision?
Common symptoms associated with computer vision are eye strain and fatigue, headaches, blurred vision, and dry eye. Constantly staring at your computer screen with little blinking can lead to dry eye symptoms. You may also experience soreness in your neck and shoulders due to poor ergonomics. These symptoms are temporary and should start to abase once you get off your computer.
If your vision worsens, contact our optometrist for an eye exam. You may have undetected visual problems that are impairing your sight.
Are computers the only devices that cause computer vision?
Computer vision symptoms can also be triggered by excessive use of other digital devices such as televisions, laptops, tablets, smartphones, and video game consoles.
How can I avoid developing computer vision?
By using computers and digital devices wisely, you can avoid problems with computer vision symptoms. Here are some tips for digital device use that can prevent computer vision:
- For every 20 minutes on your computer or digital device, take a 20 second break to look at something different that’s 20 feet away.
- Make sure you have adequate lighting when doing computer work.
- Situate your monitor at eye level and at approximately arm’s distance from your eyes.
- Blink more often when working on your computer.
- Download an app that reduces blue light emissions.
How can an optometrist help with managing computer vision symptoms?
Our Arlington Heights, IL, eye doctor can recommend filtering screens to reduce glare from your computer monitor. We can also fit you with tinted computer glasses that minimize glare while still optimizing your sight. By keeping up with your routine eye exam, you can stay on top of your eye health and vision and make prescription changes when necessary to avoid straining your eyes.
Visit Our Eye Doctor for Help with Computer Vision Symptoms
To schedule a consultation with your eye doctor for diagnosis and management of computer vision syndrome, contact AssureVision in Arlington Heights, IL, at 847-368-9999, or Barrington, IL, at 224-407-2020.