Computer Vision Syndrome

Bronx Eye Associates -  - Optometrist

Bronx Eye Associates

Optometrists located in Pelham Gardens, Bronx, NY

About 80% of adults use digital devices for more than two hours daily, and nearly 60% experience symptoms of computer vision syndrome. The doctors at Bronx Eye Associates encourage you to talk with them about the steps you can take to prevent this common problem. Even if you don’t need vision correction, specialized eyewear is available to relieve eye strain and prevent computer vision syndrome. To schedule an appointment, call the office in the Bronx in New York City or book an appointment online.

Computer Vision Syndrome Q & A

What is Computer Vision Syndrome?

Computer vision syndrome, or digital eye strain, refers to eye and vision problems that develop due to extended time using all types of electronic products.

You can develop these problems using any type of device with a screen, whether it’s a computer tablet, smartphone, television, or a handheld video game.

What Causes Computer Vision Syndrome?

The eye problems that arise from too much screen time are often caused by loss of moisture. On average, people blink about 15 times a minute, but they reduce their blinking by one-third to one-half that amount when they look at computers and other screens.

Every time you blink, your eyelids naturally spread a tear film across your eyes. These tears lubricate your eyes, so if you don’t blink as often, you develop dry, irritated eyes.

Other causes of computer vision syndrome include:

  • Glare from the computer screen
  • Extended time focusing on close-up tasks
  • A screen placed at a poor distance or angle from your eyes
  • Uncorrected vision problems that make it hard to focus

Your eyes also work harder to read digital content because the print is small and pixels create blurry edges.

What are the Symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome?

When you have computer vision syndrome, you’ll experience one or more of these symptoms:

  • Blurry vision
  • Double vision
  • Dry eyes
  • Eye pain
  • Burning, irritated eyes
  • Excessive tearing
  • Headaches
  • Excessive blinking or squinting

Your eyes will feel fatigued and you may develop neck and back pain if you look down to read the screen.

How is Computer Vision Syndrome Treated?

The first step is to schedule a comprehensive eye exam with the team at Bronx Eye Associates. They’ll check your vision and eye health to be sure you don’t need to correct problems that contribute to digital eye strain.

Even if you don’t need glasses to correct your vision, you may prevent computer vision syndrome with eyeglasses specially designed for computer use.

Unique lens designs, powers, and tints or coatings can take the strain off your eyes. For example, you may benefit from eyeglasses or contacts made to correct your vision problem while also adjusting for distance to the screen.

Your doctor at Bronx Eye Associates can also make ergonomic recommendations about screen placement and ways to reduce glare and strain.

To get expert help for computer vision syndrome, call Bronx Eye Associates or book an appointment online.