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Computer Vision Syndrome – Is Your Cellphone Hurting Your Eyes?

 

What is computer vision syndrome?

We are all on devices all day long. Whether its work, entertainment, or texting, we can spend up to 10 hours a day on a computer, tablet, or phone. Not to mention TV time. We are seeing more and more patients in The Woodlands complaining about eye strain related to too much use on their device.

What are the symptoms?

The strain on your eyes from computer vision syndrome doesn’t appear to cause long-term damage. However, there is a temporary strain that will cause discomfort. Things you will start to feel:

  • Redness
  • Itchiness
  • Dry eyes
  • Tearing
  • Headaches
  • Irritation

What can be done for Computer Vision Syndrome?man rubbing eyes

  1. The glare on the screen can be causing the eyestrain. Consider “night mode” on the screen or getting a dimmer.
  2. Always remember the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, stare at something 20 feet away, for 20 seconds. Your eyes need a break and need to relax. Staring at the screen for a long time puts a strain on them. We even have to actively remember to blink. When staring at screens we tend to blink less so set a reminder to blink.
  3. Make sure the screen of the computer is directly across from you so you aren’t straining your neck.
  4. There is now new tech in lenses that help with blue light protection emanating from the computer or phone. Eyezen from Essilor is designed to protect your eyes from blue light. You will experience less fatigue for eyes that look at devices all day

Being on a computer or phone all day is the reality we live in. With some of these tips and changes, you can continue to stay on your device without experiencing pain, redness, or any other symptoms. Call us to learn more!