Do you find yourself squinting at computer, tablet, or mobile screens for hours at a time? Although this is a normal part of life for most of us, unfortunately, eyestrain and retinal damage associated with this activity are also on the rise. Even if you have never had eye problems before, you may have noticed computer vision syndrome symptoms after two or more hours of screen time
- Blurry vision
- Eye strain and discomfort
- Dry, scratchy eyes
- Neck and/or shoulder pain
Even if your symptoms are mild, they can worsen and cause other vision problems if not addressed. Dr. Rieger can help!
Diagnosis and Treatment of Computer Vision Syndrome
We utilize detailed testing to determine how well your eyes are performing with screen use:
- Visual acuity—Measures the quality of your current vision.
- Refraction—Tests the potential lens prescriptions that would optimize your vision.
- Focus and Eye Coordination—Tests how well your eyes work together and how quickly and accurately your eyes are able to focus on objects and varying distances.
- Range of Focus - how easily and fluently your eye focus and defocus
- NeuroLens Testing - to uncover misalignments in eye positioning that cause eye fatigue and discomfort
From these measurements, she can design a treatment plan to help relieve your symptoms. For people with otherwise normal eyes and vision, a set of specially-designed computer glasses can be very helpful. For patients already wearing contacts or glasses, new, more computer-friendly prescriptions are available. In addition to these treatment options, there are many things we can suggest to cut down on computer eye strain problems:
- Computer setup and visual ergonomics—Adjust your monitor so that it is about 15-20 degrees lower than your eye level when seated between 20-28 inches away from the screen. Reference materials can be placed on a document holder between the monitor and keyboard, or to the side, but positioned for as little head movement as possible. Also invest in an anti-glare screen for your monitor to help reduce glare from surrounding lights. Be sure to sit and work with proper posture.
- Adjust Lighting—If you can, reposition any lighting (or your computer) to minimize glare and use natural lighting whenever possible.
- Eye Rest and Blinking Breaks—Every 20 minutes during your work, look away toward a distant point for 20 seconds to refocus your eyes, and give them a 15-minute break after each 2-hour computer session. Also remember to blink more frequently to keep your eyes moist.
- BluTech and BluDefense are patented blue blocking lenses that are proven to restore melatonin production and prevent harmful HEV light from damaging your retina. BluTech lenses have been shown in studies to reduce headache and migraine in almost 80% of patients.
- Computer lens prescriptions are very effective at reducing focusing problems associated with computer use
- NeuroLens is a patented lens that can deliver superior optics and vision relief with a contoured prism beneficial for people who have misalignment of their eyes.
With a combination of the proper optometry care and self-care, you can minimize computer eye syndrome and other modern-day vision problems. Your eyes will feel and see the difference! Contact us for an appointment today: (309) 722-4174