A 2015 survey conducted by the Vision Council revealed that the average American spends roughly seven hours each day working on their computer. It also showed that around 65% of the U.S. population already has symptoms of computer vision syndrome, also known as digital eye strain.
Today, your optometrist from 20/20 Image Eye Centers explains what computer vision syndrome is and how to manage it.
What Causes Computer Vision Syndrome?
Reading an article online is different than reading a printed book. The letters on smart devices are not as precise or sharply defined as those on the page. You may also notice that the contrast level is greatly reduced. Your eyes are subject to glare and reflections, as well, that can overwhelm them.
These conditions force your eyes to work harder. Over time, this strain takes a toll on your eyes, resulting in computer vision syndrome. Your optometrist explains this condition refers to the visual discomfort you experience after using electronic devices for an extended period of time.
What Happens When You Have Computer Vision Syndrome?
With the visual demands outweighing your ocular abilities, your eyes will quickly become fatigued. Headaches, nausea and neck and shoulder pain are also common. Staring at your monitor for long hours reduces your blinking rate too, leading to dry eyes. You may experience blurry or hazy vision as well.
What Can You Do to Prevent Computer Vision Syndrome?
Following the 20-20-20 rule is an effective way to reduce your risk of computer vision syndrome. After spending 20 minutes on your laptop, smartphone or any other device, rest your eyes on an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Your optometrist also offers digital lenses, which are specifically engineered to filter blue rays, providing relief from the effects of too much time staring at a screen.
For more information about computer vision syndrome, you can reach us at (480) 535-1287 for Glendale, (480) 535-1051 for Scottsdale or (480) 535-1041 for Tempe. You may also complete our form to request an appointment. We proudly serve Tempe, Glendale and Scottsdale, AZ.