Computer Vision Syndrome Treatment from Your Optometrist in Carlsbad, CA
Research suggests that as many as 90 percent of people who work using a computer screen have problems with their eyes. Many eye problems are due to computer vision syndrome (CVS), an umbrella term for a range of eyestrain and discomfort issues that affect both adults and children. Our optometrist offers a number of options to treat and help prevent CVS for patients who visit our Modern Eyes Optometry practice in Carlsbad.
What is Computer Vision Syndrome?
Computer vision syndrome is the result of eyes following a path repetitively. The eyes of an individual working on a computer screen must trace the identical route many times. The longer this continues, the more strain on the eyes, which have to continually focus and then refocus.
Individuals who already have eye problems are likely to face elevated risk factors for CVS. Uncorrected refractive problems, using the wrong prescription for computer work, and conditions such as diabetic eye disorders and aging all contribute to a patient’s risk.
The most common symptoms of CVS include:
- Blurry vision
- Eyes that are red and dry
- Irritated, scratchy eyes
- Double vision
- Neck or back pain
- Tired, strained eyes
Eye care recommendations from our optometry practice both treat current CVS and help prevent future occurrences.
Our optometrist diagnoses CVS after a comprehensive exam that includes evaluating a patient’s medical history and performing tests such as visual acuity, focus and eye coordination, and refraction. Each patient with a positive diagnosis receives a customized treatment plan.
Regular exams are the key to relieving current symptoms as well as avoiding them in the future. For many patients, glasses containing lenses with blue-light filtering and anti-glare and anti-reflection properties are beneficial. For those whose vision has already been corrected by prescription glasses or contacts, a special pair of glasses for computer use is often helpful.
Our doctor also provides advice on steps patients can take to keep their eyes healthy and reduce eyestrain. Some of the most frequent include:
- Adjusting the setup of a computer, monitor, and keyboard and the placement of work documents near them
- Investing in an anti-glare screen for a monitor
- Observing proper posture
- Adjusting room lighting
- Scheduling blinking breaks and periods to rest the eyes
Schedule an Exam with Our Carlsbad Optometrist
Following the self-help advice above and scheduling regular exams with our Carlsbad optometrist are the best ways to prevent computer vision syndrome and other vision problems. Our Modern Eyes Optometry practice provides full-service eye care on both an appointment and an emergency basis. Be sure to call us today at (760) 678-0008 to schedule an exam and help protect your vision.