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Computer Vision Treatment with our Wauchula, Arcadia, Sebring, and Lake Placid Optometrists

At Sevigny & Associates Eye Care, our doctors of optometry frequently surprise patients by informing them their uncomfortable eye symptoms could be related to their smartphones, laptops, tablets, and computers. We're happy to educate our community in Florida about how to prevent this modern-day vision problem at work, in school, and at home. 

Woman suffering computer vision

What is Computer Vision?

Computer vision is a temporary syndrome caused by excessive use of digital technology. Upwards of 90% of people who use computers daily are likely to have at least some symptoms. Also known as "digital eye fatigue" or "digital eye strain," computer vision symptoms include blurry vision, double vision, tired eyes, dry/red/irritated eyes, headaches, back pain, and neck pain. 

Why Does Computer Vision Happen? 

There are several possible explanations as to why you may end up suffering from computer vision symptoms following a prolonged bout of screen time: 

  • When we use digital devices, we tend to blink less. We need to blink to redistribute the protective and moisturizing layer of tears covering our eyes, so if we're not blinking enough our eyes can feel dry.
  • Reading and watching images on a computer screen requires our eyes to frequently move and refocus.
  • Glare and increased blue light from our screens and nearby light sources can strain our eyes. 
  • Our posture while using computers is often slouched, which can contribute to headaches, neck pain, and back pain. 

Tips from Our Optometry Staff on Protecting Your Eyes During Computer Use

While computer vision symptoms are generally temporary, they can impair your ability to focus productively at work (and high energy blue light may over time lead to lasting damage on your retinas). For safety, follow these tips from our optometry staff:

  • Think 20/20/20: every 20 minutes, give your eyes a 20-second break by looking at something 20 feet away from you. 
  • Consciously blink more while using computers.
  • Keep your computer screen an arm's distance away from you with the screen at eye level.
  • Reduce overhead glare and adjust the brightness, contrast, and text size on your monitor so that it's comfortable for you. 
  • Have your eyes checked regularly by an eye doctor to assure any underlying vision problems are corrected to avoid excess squinting and eye fatigue.

Is Your Eye Health Being Affected By Your Computer Use? Contact Sevigny & Associates Eye Care in Florida Today

What's your experience with computer vision? If you need help with this or any other aspect of your vision and eye care, then contact our optometry clinics in Lake PlacidWauchula, Sebring & Arcadia FL now by calling 863-259-3777.