The rapid rise in computer technology has brought many benefits, but it has caused a few challenges for our eyes. They just cannot handle all of the long hours we put in starting at the screens of our laptops, phones, and tablets. The result? An estimated 60 million people suffer from computer vision syndrome, also called digital eye strain. Dr. Lomazov and our team at AssureVision in Arlington Heights and Barrington would like to look at what you need to know about computer vision syndrome.
Symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome
The most common symptoms of computer vision syndrome are:
- Aches or other pain in the eyes
- Eyes that feel heavy
- Dry eyes
- Blurred vision
- Pain in the shoulders
- Pain in the arms.
Other, less common symptoms include:
- Double vision
- Red or pink eyes
- Eyes that produce more tears than normal, usually making vision difficult
Do Not Self-Diagnose
Although you may be experiencing these symptoms, you could have something other than computer vision syndrome, including dry eye syndrome, migraines, or cataracts. Get an eye exam from your eye doctor to determine what is causing your symptoms. This is the fastest way to get effective treatment.
Does Computer Vision Syndrome Go Away on Its Own?
Computer vision syndrome may go away on its own, provided you make some changes to your work or study room and give your eyes plenty of breaks. However, if the symptoms are so bad that it’s interfering with your vision, or if the symptoms get worse, you need to see an eye doctor.
The 20-20-20 Rule
Many symptoms of computer vision syndrome become less annoying when you stop looking at digital screens. If you need to stay on a digital screen for many hours, try this tip from the American Optometrists Association. Every 20 minutes, take 20 seconds to look at something 20 feet or more away, such as a painting across the room.
Treatment for Computer Vision Syndrome
After receiving an eye exam, the eye doctor will discuss your best options. These options often include getting special glasses or contact lenses that filter out blue light waves, which are thought to be the light waves that tire your eyes the fastest. You can also get an anti-glare screen cover that fits over your monitor. If dry eyes are a problem, try using a humidifier. Try using more light in your work or study room. Our eye doctor will discuss how your work or study room is set up and provide helpful suggestions.
Contact Our Optometrist at AssureVision
If you have questions about computer vision syndrome and live in the Arlington Heights or Barrington areas, contact AssureVision to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lomazov. Call our team today or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.