Our Carmel and Fishers optometrist team works with hundreds of people every year asking about a modern era syndrome known as computer vision and we’d be happy to shed some light on this issue to make sure you and your family are protected.

What is computer vision, and why does it happen?

Computer vision is a type of eye strain which occurs during and in the periods immediately following prolonged computer use. There are a variety of specific reasons why this happens:

  • Body mechanics and ergonomics (including improper screen-to-eye distance) are often poor
  • Glare and poor lighting can strain the eyes
  • High energy blue light emissions from computer screens can damage retinal cells
  • People tend to blink less when using computers, thus leading to excessively dry eyes
  • People may also have uncorrected vision problems that exacerbate the strain

What are the signs and symptoms of computer vision?

The key signs and symptoms of computer vision include:

  • Strain and fatigue in the eyes (eyes feel tired)
  • headaches
  • sore neck and shoulders
  • blurry vision at any distance
  • dry eyes

Symptoms of computer vision are generally temporary, however, with repeated exposure over time, you may experience continued vision problems or exacerbation of previously underlying vision problems like astigmatism or farsightedness.

Does computer vision only happen when I use a computer?

No. While computer usage is the most common cause, there are plenty of digital devices which can strain your eyes: televisions, video game consoles, smartphones, tablets, and laptops.

How can I protect myself against computer vision?

Computers and other digital devices may be unavoidable, but computer vision is largely preventable. Adopt the following tips:

  • Think “20/20/20.” Every 20 minutes of computer work, give your eyes a 20-second break by looking at an object about 20 feet away.
  • Blink more.
  • Outfit your workspace with adequate lighting and avoid overhead florescent lighting when possible.
  • Make sure your computer monitor is at eye level and about an arm’s distance away from you.
  • Consider downloading a blue light reducing app or program to your device, or talk to a Carmel and Fishers optometrists about screen modifiers you can place on your device.
  • Schedule an eye exam to make that your vision is in good shape and any vision correction needs are being met.

Curious About How Our Carmel and Fishers Optometrist Staff Can Help Protect Your Eye Health? Schedule an Appointment at RevolutionEYES Today

We challenge our community members to revolutionize the way they use their digital technology for the betterment of their eye health. If you’d like to learn more about how our Carmel and Fishers optometrists team can help you, contact RevolutionEYES today via our number (317) 844-2020.