Conquering Computer Vision Syndrome
In this modern age it’s inevitable that just about everyone spends a certain amount of time in front of a computer, a mobile device or both. But if your hours of monitor-gazing are causing discomfort, vision problems and eye fatigue, then you may be one of the many sufferers of computer vision syndrome, or CVS. Fortunately, modern technology can also fight this threat to ocular well-being, in the form of blue light filtering lenses and other treatments from our eye doctor (Dr. Handschumacher or Dr. Finn) at Family Eye Care Center.
What is Computer Vision Syndrome?
Computer vision syndrome is extremely common in our technological world — in fact, some 65 percent of adults in the U.S. are believed to suffer from this form of chronic eye strain and irritation. That’s because when we’re not staring at our computer monitors 8 or more hours a day in the workplace, we’re staring at our computer monitors at home or at our mobile devices when we’re on the move. This poses several threats to your eyes, including:
- Dryness – During these staring sessions, the blinks up to 75 percent less frequently that it normally does — and blinking is critical for the distribution of protective, moisturizing tear film. Chronic dryness and irritation is the result.
- Blue light exposure – A portion of the blue light spectrum known as HEV light reaches the eye more readily than other frequencies. This not only contributes to eye fatigue and discomfort but may also cause permanent damage to a section of the retina known as the macula.
- Muscular strain – If your monitor isn’t positioned at a comfortable angle just below your eye line, your eye muscles may have to work overly hard for extended periods of time.
Treatment Options from Our Optometrist in Raleigh
If you’re experiencing red, itchy, dry eyes or focusing problems and blurred vision, ask our optometrist in Raleigh to evaluate you for possible computer vision syndrome. We will examine your eyes for any signs for any underlying conditions that may be producing or adding to your symptoms, make sure your refractive prescription is still accurate and discuss your computer and mobile device usage habits. Treatment options for computer vision syndrome may include:
- Blue light filtering lenses – Our eye doctor can provide you with blue light filtering lenses that come in a yellow tint or appear completely clear. These lenses protect your eyes from excessive HEV exposure.
- Dryness solutions – We can advise you on how to take breaks and give your eyes a chance to catch upon their blinking. Artificial tears can also help you maintain eye moisture.
- Ergonomic adjustments – We can show you how to set your monitor at the right angle to make daily computer work easier on your eye muscles.