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Computer Vision Syndrome

Comprehensive Eye Care located in Elmhurst, NY

Computer Vision Syndrome

Computer Vision Syndrome services offered in Elmhurst, NY

You may have computer vision syndrome if you regularly have dry, red, or itchy eyes. At Vistasite Eye Care in the Elmhurst neighborhood of Queens, New York, skilled optometrists Vlada Straton, OD, Nadezhda Nisimova, OD, and the team offer various treatments for computer vision syndrome. After an exam and a review of your medical charts, they can make custom recommendations. Call the office to receive treatment for computer vision syndrome or book an appointment online today.

What is computer vision syndrome?

Computer vision syndrome is a type of eye strain caused by staring at electronic screens, such as computers, tablets, or smartphones. Digital screens aren’t as clear as printed pages, so your eyes must work harder to focus. Electronics also emit blue light and glare, which can compound the eye strain you already experience.

What are the symptoms of computer vision syndrome?

Symptoms of computer vision syndrome include:

  • Eye strain
  • Eye fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Blurry vision
  • Double vision
  • Dry eyes
  • Red eyes
  • Itchy or watery eyes

As the condition worsens, you might also experience a stiff neck and/or shoulder pain.

Who gets computer vision syndrome?

Anyone who uses electronics can experience computer vision syndrome, but several factors may increase your risk, including:

  • Looking at digital screens every day
  • Working in poor lighting
  • Glare or reflections coming off the digital screen
  • Incorrect viewing distance angle
  • Uncorrected vision problems (i.e., nearsightedness or farsightedness)
  • Incorrect prescription glasses

You’re also more likely to experience computer vision syndrome if your workstation isn’t ergonomic and causes you to slouch.

How is computer vision syndrome diagnosed?

Your Vistasite Eye Care provider reviews your health charts and asks about your symptoms, including when they started and if they’re worse at certain times, like at the end of the work day. Next, your provider completes a comprehensive eye exam. 

They measure your visual acuity and order several tests to see how your eyes focus and work together. Last, your provider checks for refractive errors, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism.

How is computer vision syndrome treated?

Treatment of computer vision syndrome depends on your symptoms and the underlying cause.

If you have a refractive error, wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses can significantly reduce your symptoms. 

If you experience computer vision syndrome because of a poor work setup, the team can make recommendations to help you feel better, such as:

  • Using an anti-glare screen
  • Working in a well-lit office
  • Setting up an ergonomic workspace
  • Practicing good posture
  • Taking frequent breaks to rest your eyes
  • Blinking frequently

One or several of these practices should reduce uncomfortable side effects and improve your quality of life.

Call Vistasite Eye Care to learn more about the treatment of computer vision syndrome, or use the online booking feature today.