Computers and other digital screen devices are now widely used to work, learn, and socialize. Despite their benefits, they can cause computer vision syndrome. Without the use of blue light lenses, you may experience blurry vision and other discomforting symptoms. At Medina Eye Care in San Antonio and Castroville, TX, we provide various treatments to reduce your symptoms and help you see clearly.
What Causes Computer Vision Syndrome?
Computer vision syndrome, also known as digital eye strain, is primarily caused by utilizing computers, tablets, and cell phones for long periods of time. When digital screens are used, we also tend to blink less, which can lead to dry eyes and eye strain. The glare from the screen, blue light, poor lighting, or being too close or too far from the device can lead to computer vision syndrome as well. Certain vision problems, such as farsightedness, can also contribute to digital eye strain.
Symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome
Excessive exposure to screen glare, without a pair of anti-glare or blue light lenses, may cause eye fatigue, blurry vision, double vision, headaches, and dry eyes. You may also experience eye pain, redness, irritation, tearing, and neck pain. Digital eye strain can also become if dry eye syndrome is an underlying condition. Mild symptoms tend to go away on their own, however, treatment can help if your symptoms are severe and affecting your quality of life.
Treatment for Computer Vision Syndrome
Your treatment will depend on your specific needs. During your visit, our optometrist will run comprehensive tests to check your eyes and vision. We will also evaluate your health history, symptoms, and any personal risk factors.
Simple lifestyle changes may relieve your symptoms. We recommend using an approximate distance from the screen, taking screen breaks, blinking often, and using an anti-glare filter for your computer to help prevent eye strain and blurry vision. It is also important to implant the Eye the 20-20-20 rule, which includes taking a 20-second break every 20 minutes to look at something 20 feet away.
If you are experiencing symptoms due to an underlying problem, such as dry eyes, eye allergies, farsightedness, or presbyopia, you may need treatment. Certain treatments like over-the-counter or prescription eye drops, computer glasses, and blue light glasses can offer long-term relief.
Contact us for an Appointment Today
At Medina Eye Care in San Antonio and Castroville, TX, we offer treatments that can help relieve symptoms due to computer vision syndrome. To learn more about our treatments or to schedule your appointment, call our San Antonio location at (210) 225-4141 or our Castroville office at (830) 931-2328 today. When you need an optometrist near me, our team can assist!