If you spend a lot of time in front of a computer or mobile device screen, you may develop computer vision syndrome. This condition is more common these days since so many people rely on computers for their jobs or schoolwork. If you believe you are suffering from computer vision syndrome, you need to see an eye doctor. Our team at Vision Source Fredericksburg Road in San Antonio can assess your current eye health and lifestyle to recommend ways to prevent computer vision syndrome from affecting your life.
Symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome
It's common to suffer from red and irritated eyes when experiencing eyestrain. Because the eyes have to work harder when they read something on a digital screen, eyestrain can cause eye fatigue and vision problems. It can cause headaches as well as pain in the neck and shoulders. Patients often suffer from dry eyes or blurry vision when experiencing computer vision syndrome.
Causes of Computer Vision Syndrome
Of course, spending too much time looking at computers, tablets, or cell phones causes computer vision syndrome. However, other factors can cause or worsen computer vision syndrome. For example, if the area where you work on the computer has bad lighting, this forces the eyes to work even harder, leading to computer vision syndrome. Being too far away or too close to the screen can as well. If you have bad posture when you sit in front of the screen or have vision problems that have not been corrected, this can also lead to computer vision syndrome.
How to Treat Computer Vision Syndrome
It's essential to ensure that your space is properly set up when using a computer. This means making sure there is proper lighting in the room and that the screen is at a proper angle to avoid neck and eye strain. A common treatment we recommend is taking a 20-second break every 20 minutes from the screen where you look at something that is 20 feet away. This can give your eyes enough rest that they won't get so fatigued. It's also essential to ensure your prescription is up to date to prevent eyestrain and headaches from occurring. During your next eye exam, we can update your prescription and provide blue light blocking lenses, reducing exposure to blue light waves from the screen.
Visit Our Optometry Team for Quality Eye Care in San Antonio, TX
If you need an optometry appointment to assess your vision, call our office in San Antonio for quality eye care. At Vision Source Fredericksburg Road, we will work with you to treat computer vision syndrome and help prevent it from reoccurring.