Computer Vision Syndrome Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment
Also known as digital eye strain, Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) is actually a group of vision problems that are a direct result of the long hours we spend on computers, e-readers, tablets, and telephones. Simply put, our eye muscles are unable to recover from the unique strain of approximately seven hours or more daily digital screen use. Your optometrists and experienced optometry staff here at Advantage Eyecare in North Richland Hills understand the dangers of relentless untreated CVS and we are ready to help you and your family. Causes and symptoms of CVS vary.
Symptoms may include:
- Dry eyes
- Neck pain
- Irritated eyes
- Focus difficulties
- Blurred vision
Causes of CVS symptoms may include:
- Uncorrected vision problems
- Glare on the digital screen
- Poor task lighting
- Poor seating posture
- Incorrect viewing distance
- Inadequate prescription glasses
How is CVS Diagnosed and Treated?
Your North Richland Hills optometrist will perform a comprehensive eye examination that will include a thorough vision exam, evaluation of your visual acuity, discussion of your overall health as well as any symptoms you may be experiencing. Your optometrist needs to know any pertinent family history and medications you are taking as well. Once Computer Vision Syndrome is diagnosed, your eye doctor will work with you to create a treatment plan personalized for your specific needs.
Treatment may include:
- Correction of any undiagnosed vision problem detected on examination such as farsightedness and astigmatism
- Eyeglasses specifically for computer work- special tints, coatings and lens designs are valuable in decreasing your struggle to focus and alleviate symptoms.
- Exercises and other vision therapy- eye exercises help the eye-brain communication.
- Lifestyle changes- begin the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes glance away from the screen for at least 20 seconds and focus on an object about 20 feet away.
- Add an annual eye examination to your health maintenance routine.
- Work environment changes- adjust computer settings to correct the font, brightness and contrast if possible.
- Request a glare screen
- Take regular breaks
- Improve task lighting and adjust your workstation height/chair to provide optimal support for prolonged computer work.
No one should ever assume that vision difficulties of any kind are just part of the digital age in which we live. Adults tend to dismiss irritated eyes and other symptoms as part of the aging process, and children don’t even realize that they have vision problems. If you or a family member are experiencing any of the above computers vision symptoms, the time to get help is now; waiting may make the condition worse. Call your eye care professionals at Advantage Eyecare in North Richland Hills today for an appointment today. 817-788-2020.