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You, Your Eyes and Your Computer by Dr. Seth Bachelier

If you're enjoying life in today's fast-paced world, then you're spending a lot of time looking at electronic screens. Here's some information aimed at helping our patients retain their vision health. 
Computer Vision Syndrome, also referred to as Digital Eye Strain, describes a group of eye and vision-related problems that result from prolonged computer, tablet, and cell phone use. Many individuals experience eye discomfort and vision problems when viewing digital screens for extended periods. The level of discomfort appears to increase with the amount of digital screen use.
Common symptoms associated with Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) are:
  • eyestrain
  • headaches
  • blurred vision
  • dry eyes
  • neck and shoulder pain

These symptoms may be caused by:

  • poor lighting
  • glare on a digital screen
  • improper viewing distances
  • poor seating posture
  • uncorrected vision problems
  • a combination of these factors

How to improve computer vision:

Eyeglasses or contact lenses prescribed for general use may not be adequate for computer work. Lenses prescribed to meet the unique visual demands of computer viewing may be needed. Special lens designs, lens powers or lens tints or coatings may help to maximize visual abilities and comfort. Dr. Bachelier always stresses an annual eye exam to keep you and your vision healthy.

Other things to consider when viewing computers and digital monitors:

  • monitor location
  • ambient lighting
  • anti-glare screens
  • seating position
  • occasional breaks 
  • blink regularly.