Computer Vision Syndrome Care and Prevention with Our Optometry Team in Wilmette
While modern digital technology helps us stay informed, productive, and entertained, it does pose some potential issues for our health, including our eye health. At New Vision Optical Boutique in Wilmette, IL, our optometry staff makes an effort to raise awareness about computer vision and help people of all ages learn how to use their digital devices safely.
Why Computer Vision Syndrome Happens
Computer vision syndrome is also called digital eye strain. It's a temporary, yet common, problem that affects computer and smartphone users, and there are several factors as to why it can develop:
- We tend to blink less when using digital devices, and we need to blink to replenish the moisturizing film of tears over the outer surface of our eyes
- High contrast, glare, and powerful blue light emitted from screens can be hard on our eyes
- We frequently have to refocus our eyes while using a computer
- In many cases, we fail to use proper body mechanics and ergonomics while using computers or smart phones
Another point to remember is that if you have an uncorrected vision problem, the demands of computer use may exacerbate your vision issues.
Computer Vision Signs and Symptoms
Common signs and symptoms of computer vision syndrome include a feeling of tiredness and fatigue in the eyes, dry eyes, blurry vision, headaches, jaw pain, and shoulder and arm pain.
Computer vision syndrome is generally considered a temporary issue, but it can severely disrupt your ability to use a computer and function at work. It's worth mentioning that the slouched posture we tend to adopt while using smart phones and computers may over time lead to chronic mechanical strain on our neck and spine and increase our risk of degenerative changes in our musculoskeletal system.
How to Prevent Computer Vision Syndrome
It may not be possible to avoid smartphones and computers completely, but the good news is, you can train yourself and your loved ones to use computers in a safer way to avoid computer vision symptoms. Our Wilmette optometrist staff offers these tips to our patients:
- Every 20 minutes, look at a spot 20 feet away from your computer for 20 seconds.
- Adjust the screen contrast to reduce strain on your eyes.
- Improve your ergonomic set-up to optimize posture and reduce glare.
- Install a blue light blocking filter, or ask us about blue light blocking lens coatings for your eyeglasses.
- Get your vision prescriptions updated, and if you're overdue for an eye exam, call our optometry clinic ASAP!
Frustrated by Computer Vision?
Enjoy your time online without straining your eyes. Call New Vision Optical Boutique at (847) 230-4796 to schedule an eye care appointment with a Wilmette optometrist today.