Many people are living with problems they don't take the time to address. Maybe they are suffering from frequent headaches or are experiencing dry, painful eyes. Perhaps they have to do a double-take from time to time because they are just not seeing the way they are supposed to. If all this sounds familiar, you may be suffering from computer vision syndrome. At Stanislaus Optometric Center in Modesto, our optometrist has years of experience identifying and addressing computer vision syndrome.
What is Computer Vision Syndrome?
With computers and screens taking such a prominent role in today’s world, computer vision syndrome has become common. Glare from the monitor, and the angle you view it at, and the lighting in your workplace can all contribute to computer vision syndrome. Your posture also plays a role and can lead to issues beyond your eyes, like neck and shoulder pain.
While anyone who regularly looks at a computer screen for many hours a day can suffer from computer vision syndrome, vision problems such as astigmatism, farsightedness, and presbyopia can make the condition harder to handle. Staying away from the computer may not be practical, but there are other things you can do to alleviate the symptoms of computer vision syndrome.
How Stanislaus Optometric Center Treats Computer Vision Syndrome
When you come in to see our eye doctor, it is important to communicate your symptoms as well as you can to get the best possible treatment. A complete eye exam will help to identify potential issues, as will a review of your medical and vision history. Some tests that may be performed include refraction tests, visual acuity testing, and eye coordination testing. Once our optometrist has a complete picture of your visual challenges, we can create a vision care plan tailored to your needs.
In some cases, it may be helpful to undergo vision therapy. If your eyes are strained because of excessive exposure to blue light, wearing blue light glasses may be necessary during prolonged exposure to the screen. Computer vision syndrome may stem from the way your computer is set up. Keep your screen 15-20 degrees lower than your eyes and make sure your eyes are approximately two feet away. Try to reposition light sources to keep the glare off your screen. Also, take the time to rest your eyes and blink regularly to reduce eye strain.
Optometrist in Modesto
Computers are an important part of our world. At Stanislaus Optometric Center in Modesto, CA, we want to help you get the most out of them with minimal repercussions. To learn more about computer vision syndrome or to schedule an appointment, call us at (209) 527-2020.