Computer Vision Syndrome

Woman Working at a Computer

Computer Vision Syndrome results from staring at a computer monitor for long periods of time. Dry eye, headaches, eye strain, blurry vision, neck, back and shoulder pain and trouble focusing at a distance are all associated with this eye condition. In this digital age, computer vision syndrome is quite common. If you are experiencing this problem without relief, you should have Dr. Turner assess it’s severity. She can also determine if other eye health issues are present and recommend treatments.

If you are experiencing this eye condition, perhaps for the first time, here are a few simple things you can try to relieve the symptoms:

  • Consider “computer glasses” that will help to relieve glare and eye strain while at your computer. Dr. Turner can determine the appropriate lens prescription for these glasses and our Opticians will assist you in selecting the frame and lens best suited for you.
  • Position your computer so that your eyes are level with the top of the monitor. This allows you to look slightly downward at the screen.
  • If possible, move your monitor to avoid glare on your screen from windows and/or lights.
  • Choose a comfortable, supportive chair that ensures that your feet are flat on the floor, your back is supported, and the chair can be adjusted to the proper height for your computer keyboard and monitor.
  • If you notice that your eyes are dry, simply try blinking more often. This will help to relieve dry eyes and help you avoid itching, blurry eyes. A quality lubricating eye drop may also prove beneficial.
  • Consider practicing the “20-20-20 Rule” while working at your computer. See the illustration below:
20-20-20 Rule

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