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Considering how often the average person is looking at a screen throughout the day, it is no surprise that the constellation of eye and vision problems and issues known as Computer Vision Syndrome is becoming more and more common. Your Total Vision optometrist is able to deploy a host of strategies for treating and preventing Computer Vision Syndrome or Digital Eye Strain. People working in a wide variety of industries may develop Computer Vision Syndrome, but the care of a qualified optometrist and small lifestyle changes can make an enormous difference in your eye health and comfort.

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What Are the Symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome?

Common early symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome include:

  • Blurred or blurring vision
  • Red eyes
  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Eye strain
  • Eye burning
  • Headaches
  • Dry eyes

Patients who suffer from nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, or other vision problems are more likely than others to develop Computer Vision Syndrome. If you begin to routinely experience any of these issues while using your computer, smart phone, and/or tablet, an eye exam with your Total Vision optometrist is in order so that they may diagnose the issue and help you decide on the appropriate treatment(s).

How Is Computer Vision Syndrome Diagnosed?

During your eye exam, your Total Vision optometrist will start by taking a patient history. They will ask you questions about your symptoms, your computer use, and your general health.

Next, your optometrist will measure your visual acuity. Even very small inaccuracies in your current glasses or contact lenses prescription can exacerbate symptoms. The optometrist will also perform tests to diagnose any refraction problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. Finally, the optometrist tests how your eyes focus and work together normally and when viewing a computer screen or digital device.

Using all the information gathered during the exam, your optometrist will diagnose your vision problem and help you arrive at an appropriate treatment.

How Is Computer Vision Syndrome Treated?

If you are diagnosed with Computer Vision Syndrome, your Total Vision optometrist will develop a treatment plan that takes into account your lifestyle, your profession, and your overall specific needs.

Computer Glasses and Contact Lenses

Specialized computer glasses or contact lenses can be a highly effective treatment option. Computer glasses are made to improve the “intermediate” vision you use while at the computer. The ideal magnification of these glasses will depend upon your work station as the placement and distance of your computer makes a difference. For some patients, an occupational progressive lens is the correct treatment. This no-line multifocal can assist the eyes with more clearly seeing digital screens in the near and intermediate field of vision.

Lens Coatings

A non-reflective lens coating on your glasses can also provide relief from symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome. Along with a light blue tint in the lens, these replacement lenses can be a robust treatment option. 

Vision Therapy

For some cases of Computer Vision Syndrome, a vision therapy or vision training program may be necessary. Your optometrist will teach you exercises and practices you can use to help thwart your symptoms.

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In many cases, simple changes such as the lighting you use at your computer, the placement of your screen, seating position, and rest breaks can help prevent further symptoms. Your optometrist will discuss any practical changes which may help you during your exam.

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If you believe you are suffering from Computer Vision Syndrome, visit your local Total Vision eye care center in Carmel Valley, Rancho Bernardo, Tierrasanta, Solana Beach, University City, Del Mar, or La Jolla to receive a diagnosis and the best and most effective treatment plan possible.

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