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Computer Vision Syndrome In Fair Oaks

If your days at the computer usually end up with itchy, watery eyes and blurred vision, you're probably suffering from a combination of symptoms that make up computer vision syndrome. At Swan Family Optometry, we see patients every week who suffer from eyestrain and headaches, all because of their time in front of computer monitors, tablets, and smartphones. While this syndrome is becoming more common all the time, our Fair Oaks optometrist has some solutions to ease your eyesight problems.

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What is Computer Vision Syndrome?

If you spend many hours in front of a digital screen every day, you're likely to develop computer vision syndrome. This group of eye-related symptoms results from prolonged screen usage. After many hours in a row of using a computer, a tablet, or a smartphone, people begin to suffer from the following symptoms:

  • Headaches
  • Blurred vision
  • Dry eyes
  • Eyestrain
  • Neck and shoulder pain

The severity of the symptoms is directly related to the number of hours of exposure to digital screens. This might seem like good news, but if your job relies on computer usage, you'll have to take positive steps to prevent the symptoms from happening each day.

Fair Oaks Eye Doctor Discusses Causes of Computer Vision Syndrome

In general, these problems are due to hours of exposure to digital screens of all types. It's not just the screens themselves, though. The problem arises when you use these devices in combination with surrounding conditions that make it worse. According to our Fair Oaks eye doctor, some of the more common contributing factors are:

  • Uncorrected vision problems
  • Poor seating posture
  • Glare on the screen
  • Bad lighting
  • Improper viewing distance

The worst symptoms happen when there's a combination of these problems all added together. 

Computer Vision Syndrome Treatment

Treatment for these problems happens on two fronts. Our eye doctor can examine your eyes to make sure your vision prescription is correct. Many people develop a need for a separate prescription for computer usage as they age. If this is the case, we can create a separate pair of glasses to be work only when you work.

Once you have the right vision correction, there are a lot of lifestyle changes you can make to help yourself at home and at work. The first step should be to constantly follow the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break to focus on something 20 feet away. This gives your eyes a chance to stretch their focus, much like you stretch your legs by standing up frequently during the work day.

Set up your workspace correctly so that your monitor is two feet away from your face, and the middle of the screen is at eye level. Control glare in the room and take a break every two hours.

See Our Eye Doctor in Fair Oaks

If you're suffering from the symptoms of computer vision syndrome, our eye doctor in Fair Oaks can help. Call our office at 916-966-6080 to make an appointment.

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