Computer Vision Syndrome
Staring at screens all day causes damage to your eyes. While the damage may not always be permanent, prolonged staring at screens all day can cause significant eye strain, blurry vision, headaches, and more. Our staff at DeCarlo Eye Center is here to help if you suspect you have been affected by computer vision syndrome. Contact Dr. DeCarlo today if you live in or around Wauwatosa, WI.
Severe Computer Vision Syndrome
Computer vision syndrome is an all-encompassing term used to describe eyestrain caused by prolonged computer use and symptoms such as headaches, blurred vision, dry eyes, double vision, and difficulty focusing on near objects. In severe cases, a person will notice they cannot read books, magazines, computer screens, or labels on food boxes.
The person will see that they can read for a few seconds or maybe even ten or fifteen minutes before their eyes begin to hurt, and the words become blurry. Nothing will seem to help. In these cases, you need to see an eye doctor to rule out certain underlying conditions.
Treatment Options for Computer Vision
The first step to improving computer vision syndrome is to rest your eyes. If you are experiencing severe symptoms, you should not do any reading or writing or anything that requires you to operate a screen until the eye doctor can see you. Resting for only part of a day will not fix the issue. Furthermore, there are some tips you can use to avoid getting to the point where you experience severe issues:
- Stay hydrated to prevent dry eyes
- Make sure you are blinking regularly
- Use anti-glare screens or glasses
- Turn on the night-time settings on your computer or device to help block some of the blue light
- If you have a current prescription for reading glasses, you should wear them while you're reading
- If you start to feel pain behind your eyes or get headaches, stop working on screens for the rest of the day
- Adjust your workstation so your monitor is at or slightly below eye level
Every twenty minutes, look at least twenty feet away for at least twenty seconds at a time. Let your eyes rest from using the screen. Our ophthalmologist may prescribe both day and night-time eye drops to help rehydrate and destress your eyes.
Contact Our Eye Doctor in Wauwatosa, WI
Don't put off seeing the eye doctor until you are in pain or experiencing blurry vision that you cannot correct on your own. Dr. DeCarlo is trained to detect things in your eyes you cannot see. Call our team at DeCarlo Eye Center today at (414) 476-5120 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.