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Do your eyes feel irritated and dry after a long workday in front
of the computer?
It's hard to get around the fact that modern life requires some degree of computer and/or mobile device usage. Many of us manage an entire business or coordinate countless daily social details by spending hours with our eyes focused on digital screens. One downside to this technological routine is a form of digital eye strain known as computer vision syndrome, or CVS. This common problem can contribute to dry eyes, chronic eye discomfort, vision problems and even possible retinal damage if left unchecked. But thanks to the CVS treatment available at Choice Eye Care, you can use your computer without abusing your health.
Computer vision syndrome is a collection of symptoms that occur due to extended viewing of desktop, laptop or mobile device screens. This modern-day occupational hazard takea a variety of forms, including:
In addition to the conditions listed above, you may experience muscle strains associated with poor ergonomics. For instance, habitual mobile device users often suffer from neck and shoulder pain caused by constantly dropping the head to view the screen ("text neck").
Even the light emanating from the screen can cause problems for the eyes of computer users. LED screens tend to emit lots of HEV (high energy velocity) light in the blue part of the spectrum. This frequency range not only causes strain and irritation, but it can also contribute to macular degeneration and other serious retinal diseases. This is one reason you should regard CVS, not as a mere annoyance, but as a genuine danger to your ocular health.
Our Choice Eye Care optometrists can determine what aspects of your computer usage are causing your CVS and then prescribe the appropriate remedies and preventative strategies to help you compute in comfort. Some CVS symptoms may actually be related to other disorders; for instance, your dry eye may stem from (or be aggravated by) tear gland problems, medications or other factors that call for separate treatment. Lifestyle adjustments can make a big difference for issues such as "text neck" and CVS-related dry eye, from holding your smartphone differently to taking more frequent breaks to blink.
We can also prescribe options to help protect your eyes against the ravages of HEV light. You may benefit from prescription or non-prescription glasses that filter out the blue part of the spectrum, or from anti-glare coatings on your prescription glasses. We can also suggest screen covers or brightness adjustments so that the device itself is sending less intense blue light to your eyes.
Don't suffer needlessly from the digital eye strain and other symptoms of computer vision syndrome. Call Choice Eye Care today at 630-969-2020 to obtain lasting relief!
Call Choice Eye Care today to schedule your eye exam at 630-969-2020.
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