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Sitting and looking at computers all day seems like it should be physically easy, but in reality, it puts a variety of stresses on the body. It's easy to end up with stiff arms and legs, sore wrists, and tired eyes. When the strain on the eyes gets to be too much, you can even end up with computer vision syndrome. Best Eyecare Associates of the city of Thornton, CO presents these computer vision FAQs to help you recognize this condition and determine when you should seek treatment.
This is a collection of symptoms that have been connected to spending too much time looking at digital device screens. It was originally connected to extended PC or workstation use, so the term "computer vision syndrome" was attached to it. Now, however, it is also associated with the use of mobile devices like tablets and smartphones.
Even though computer vision syndrome doesn't pose a threat of blindness, it can interfere with your ability to see in the short term. The symptoms can also be severe enough to interfere with productivity or even force you to take an extended break from computer work.
Several symptoms are present in any syndrome. For computer vision syndrome, these include blurry vision, eye strain, dry eye, sticky eyes, headaches, and neck and shoulder pain.
Several factors may be involved in the development of this syndrome. One is a lack of proper vision correction. Glasses meant for either long-distance or standard reading ranges do not address the distance most people view computers from, and this forces the eyes to work harder to see screens.
Another big cause is the fact that people blink less often when concentrating. The common symptoms of dry or sticky eyes likely result from this fact.
Finally, words do not display as clearly on screens as they do on paper. This forces the eyes to work harder.
There are a few things you can do to lower your risk of getting computer vision syndrome. Take breaks every hour to look at something far away (20 feet or more), and if you can, get up and walk around to loosen your neck and shoulder muscles. Also, go to your optometrist and have your eyes examined for visual acuity at your standard computer viewing distance. You may need a different prescription for computer work.
To get eye drops, a new prescription, or other eye care to reduce the symptoms of computer vision, just make an appointment with our doctor of optometry here at Best Eyecare Associates in Thornton by contacting us at 303-254-4888