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Chapel Hills Vision Clinic Discusses Computer Vision Syndrome

At Chapel Hills Vision Clinic in Colorado Springs, CO our optometrists see people with vision problems daily. One condition that has become more frequent with increased technology use is computer vision syndrome, also known as digital eye strain. If you experience signs of this condition, you don't have to give up your computer or smartphone. Come by our eye care center for a diagnosis and treatment options.

What is Computer Vision Syndrome?

Computer vision syndrome (CVS) occurs when your eyes experience strain from using a computer. Between 50 and 90 percent of computer users experience some degree of this condition, which makes it extremely common, even in children. Computer vision syndrome is a form of repetitive injury to your eyes from excessive use of a screen. Poor lighting conditions and bad posture worsen the effects of using a screen for long periods of time.

Signs of Computer Vision Syndrome

You may associate the signs of digital eye strain with stress, but your deadlines at work are not causing the headaches, neck tension, blurry vision and dry eyes you're feeling. These are the common symptoms of eye strain from using a screen for an extended period of time. If you don't wear glasses and you should or if you have the wrong prescription for middle-distance computer use, you are likely making the problem worse. If you are experiencing these symptoms, it's important to visit us for an optometry exam.

Why is CVS Important?

Computer vision syndrome is important because it could be an indication of an undiagnosed vision problem like presbyopia, astigmatism or farsightedness. Discomfort typically indicates signs of a problem. If you feel the strain when using screens, it's a sign that you need to change some things. First, get an eye exam to rule out vision problems. Next, reevaluate your workstation.

Keeping Your Eyes Healthy

Maintaining your vision is important, and how you have your computer area set up can determine whether or not you'll experience CVS. Rearrange your work area to reduce glare on the screen and ensure your eyes are at the top of the screen, so you're not looking down and straining your neck. Use a footrest and wrist rest to prevent strain on these joints when you work. Also, look away from the screen at least once every 20 minutes for a minimum of 20 seconds. Doing so will give your eyes a chance to rest.

Make an Appointment for an Optometry Exam Today, Contact Our Chapel Hills Vision Clinic!

Our Colorado Springs, CO office has openings in our schedule for eye exams. Give us a ring at (719) 599-5083 to set up your appointment or to talk to our office staff. Make today the day you start to focus on your personal eye care by making an appointment with us for an exam. Our optometrists can help you with your digital eye strain and test for undiagnosed problems that may be causing your symptoms. You don't have to settle for living your life with dry eyes and blurry vision whenever you use a computer. Contact us today to take charge of your eye health.

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