Many people experience eye discomfort and vision problems when viewing screens for long periods. Consistent computer use places many people at risk for digital eye strain, causing symptoms such as headaches, eyestrain, and blurry vision. While long-term computer use can lead to these symptoms, we can help prevent further irritation by providing various treatment options. Through our team, we can help you find relief.
Digital eye strain is a collection of vision problems that have increased over the past few decades. As more people are moving towards computer-related careers, many people are beginning to experience symptoms of itchy, dry eyes, poor blurry vision, and headaches. Reading text on a digital device can cause many issues, and even a few hours at a digital screen can worsen symptoms and become extremely painful.
More importantly, digital eye strain is caused by insufficient use of our digital devices, such as poor posture, devices with screen glares, devices with poor contrast, circulating air from fans or air conditioners, and poor computer setups. People can get digital eye strain from focusing on tasks for long periods, viewing screens too close, and even room lighting.
While eyestrain does not have any serious or long-term consequences, our team at Coal Creek Family Vision can provide treatments to combat these symptoms, especially if you work with digital devices for long periods. These treatment options include:
- Blue Light, Anti-Glare Glasses: Your glasses can be prescribed with anti-glare coatings or blue light filters to help protect your eyes against screen glare and eye strain from long-term computer use. Both anti-glare and blue light filters can also be combined to help reduce overall eye strain for healthier eyesight.
- Vision Correction Contacts: Some people may need vision-correcting contacts to help reduce signs of eye strain, especially if it’s caused by underlying conditions.
- Vision Training: Also called visual therapy, it consists of personalized exercises using optometrist equipment to improve visual skills. It can also be used to treat various eye conditions, such as eye teaming, strabismus, and amblyopia.
- Eyedrops: Over-the-counter or prescription eyedrops can help replenish moisture back to the eyes and help relieve signs of itchiness, burning, and redness associated with digital eye strain.
- Lifestyle Recommendations: Recommendations such as computer setup adjustments, 20-20-20 exercises, practice blinking, and reducing areas of glare from digital devices can help reduce signs of digital eye strain.
Most of all, keeping regular appointments with your eye doctor can help you spot vision problems early before they progress. While many of the symptoms associated with digital eye strain can be uncomfortable, our team can help relieve and prevent these symptoms from occurring. When you schedule an appointment with Coal Creek Family Vision, we can determine the underlying cause of your eye strain and provide treatments that work. Contact us, and we’ll be happy to help you with all of your vision care needs.