The average American worker spends at least seven hours a day on a computer, not including time spent with computers or mobile devices at home. This trend can lead to discomfort for many patients because digital screens require that the eyes work much harder. As a result, many individuals develop eyestrain, and experience various symptoms from conditions referred to collectively as computer vision syndrome, or digital eye strain. To help ease this strain, Dr. Walter Choate offer a wide range of treatments for computer vision syndrome at their Goodlettsville, TN, practice, from special lenses to visual exercises.
Computer vision syndrome is an umbrella term for a group of vision problems caused by prolonged use of a computer, tablet, e-reader, cell phone, or other device with a digital screen. Certain characteristics of these screens make them much harder on the eyes than traditional print. These qualities can include lower contrast between the print and the background, glares and reflections on the screen, viewing distance, and so on.
As a result, extended use of such devices can lead to symptoms such as:
While the effects of digital eye strain usually fade after a person stops using the digital device, some patients suffer blurred vision long after, and certain symptoms may even worsen. Oftentimes, too much screen time can also exacerbate uncorrected visual problems, such as farsightedness, astigmatism, presbyopia, and inadequate focusing or eye coordination.
You can take a number of measures to protect your eyes against computer-related visual problems, including:
For problems such as inadequate focusing or poor eye coordination, Drs. Choate and Van Del can put together a structured training regimen to improve visual abilities.
Although prevention is often the best cure when it comes to computer vision syndrome, some issues may require in-office treatment – particularly uncorrected visual problems. An examination at the doctor’s office can help to determine an appropriate solution. Common corrective measures include: