Using a computer, tablet, or mobile device for hours at a time is a normal part of our lives in the 21st century. Unfortunately, squinting at devices for hours has caused a rise in eye problems associated with device use, which affects people with and without underlying eye conditions. Computer Vision Syndrome can be noticed through a few symptoms including: blurred vision, eye strain and discomfort, headaches, dry/scratchy eyes, and neck or shoulder pain. Even mild symptoms can exacerbate current vision issues if they are not addressed. Contact our office today Treasure State Eye Care to schedule your exam.
Diagnosis of Computer Vision Syndrome
The severity and length of Computer Vision Syndrome depends on how long you stare at the computer, your posture, lighting and glare, the angle of the monitor, and any underlying eye conditions. Our optometrists perform routine tests to help determine if you are suffering from Computer Vision Syndrome. These tests take into account your symptoms, pre-existing conditions, and any undiagnosed conditions. The most common tests our optometrists perform include:
Treatment of Computer Vision Syndrome
Our Optometrists can design a treatment plan to help relieve your symptoms, based on your test results. A set of specially-designed computer glasses is helpful for all patients. In addition to computer glasses there are many things we can suggest to cut down on computer eye strain problems:
- Computer setup—Adjust your monitor so that it is about 15-20 degrees lower than your eye level when seated between 20-28 inches away from the screen. Reference materials can be placed on a document holder between the monitor and keyboard, or to the side, but positioned for as little head movement as possible. Also invest in an anti-glare screen for your monitor to help reduce glare from surrounding lights. Be sure to sit and work with proper posture.
- Adjust Lighting—If you can, reposition your computer and lighting to minimize glare and use natural lighting whenever possible.
- 20-20-20 Rule—Every 20 minutes during computer work, look at an object 20 feet away, for 20 seconds to refocus your eyes. Also, give your eyes a 15 minute break after each 2 hour computer session. Don't forget to blink more frequently to keep your eyes moist.
- Blue Tech—Most computer glasses are made of a material called Blue Tech. These lenses typically have a yellow hue, which helps to cut blue light emitted from computers and other devices. However, some people do not prefer the yellow hue, but still want some protection from blue light. We also offer an Anti-Reflective Coating called Blue AR, which helps to eliminate some of the blue light emitted from devices. Blue AR is not as protective as Blue Tech, but it will protect you more than just regular uncoated lenses or those coated with standard anti-reflective coating. Ask your Optician today (406)-727-9160 about which option is best for you.
With a combination of the proper optometry care and self-care, you can minimize computer eye syndrome and other modern-day vision problems. Contact us (406)-727-9160 for an appointment today.