Computer Vision Syndrome Treatment At Boise Mountain Eyecare
In today’s modern world, many people have occupations that demand them to sit in front of a computer for long periods. Unfortunately, this can put a strain on the eyes, possibly triggering blurry vision, headaches, dry eyes, or neck pain. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it best to address it as soon as possible and with the help of our optometrists at Boise Mountain Eyecare, serving Meridian, Boise and Eagle and surrounding areas.
What Is Computer Vision Syndrome?
Computer vision syndrome (CVS) is a very common form of eye strain caused by staring at a computer screen all day. Medical researchers estimate that 50% to 90% of people using a computer for work or school, including children, will experience some form of CVS.
CVS is more likely as people get older because of a condition called presbyopia that makes it harder for the eyes to focus.
Avoiding Computer Vision Syndrome Is Important
If you suffer from CVS and do not do anything to reduce its negative effect, over time, you may permanently damage your eyesight. CVS is similar to carpal tunnel syndrome. It is made worse by repetitive injuries from doing the same things over and over again.
Tips on Keeping Your Eyes Healthy
Here are some tips to reduce computer vision syndrome:
- Blue Light Filtering Lenses: One way to reduce the negative effects of staring at a computer screen is to wear blue light filtering lenses. Our optometrists recommend blue light filtering lenses as they block blue light emitting from computer screens, preventing eye strain and damage.
- Reduce Glare: Another way to avoid computer vision syndrome is to move your desk to reduce any light that shines on the computer screen, which creates glare. If you can see your reflection on the monitor screen, change the lighting to get rid of the glare if possible.
- Improve Posture: Posture is important. Adjust your chair and desk to provide the correct seating angle that does not require hunching over to type at the keyboard. It is best to have your computer screen about two feet away from the eyes and slightly below eye level.
- Take Frequent Breaks: Get up and stretch. Walk a bit and take a break from staring at the computer screen. If you cannot get up, then follow the 20-20-20 rule suggested by WebMD. Every twenty minutes, look up from the computer screen to look at something twenty feet away and start at it for twenty seconds. This lets your eyes relax and adjust to a different focal length.
- Eyeglasses and Contacts Prescription: Get your eyes examined by our eye doctors to make sure your prescription for glasses or contacts is updated for your vision needs.
Time to See Your Eye Doctor for Eye Care
Boise Mountain Eyecare wants to be your chosen optometrist, serving Meridian, Boise and Eagle and surrounding areas. So, give us a call for a consultation at (208) 938-9900 or use our convenient online form to schedule an appointment.