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Posted on 07-26-2017

Information on Computer Vision from Our Hendersonville Optometrist

If you are like most Americans, you spend a lot of time staring at a screen. Whether it is a television, computer monitor, cell phone, or tablet, all these digital devices emit something called blue light. This type of light contains a very short wavelength, which means it produces a higher amount of energy. Exposing your eyes to blue light can cause computer vision syndrome. If there is long-term exposure, it can lead to eye damage and vision impairment. In order to better understand computer vision, it's helpful to know the symptoms, how to relieve eye strain and computer vision treatment.

Man struggling with his eyesight using the computer.

Computer Vision Symptoms

Even if you have never had eye problems, by spending a lot of time staring at a screen, you are susceptible to getting computer vision syndrome. Some computer vision symptoms include:

  • Blurry vision
  • Eyestrain
  • Headaches
  • Dry eyes
  • Neck and shoulder pain

Thankfully, there are ways you can help to relieve these symptoms and there are also some computer vision treatment options as well.

Tips for Reducing the Effects of Computer Vision

In order to be safe while looking at your screen, doing simple things like adjusting the brightness of your screen or putting a glare reduction filter over it can be very helpful. Other things you can try include: dimming indoor lighting while using your screen, blinking more often, and taking a 20-second break every 20 minutes while looking at something 20 feet away. Taking a 15-minute break every two hours is also a good way to prevent computer vision syndrome.

If you are doing all these things but still have concerns about how looking at a screen is affecting your vision, you may want to seek other computer vision treatment options. In order to help protect your vision, our Hendersonville optometrist might prescribe computer glasses.

Contact Our Hendersonville Optometrist Today for More Information on Blue Light and Computer Vision

Do you spend a lot of time staring at a screen? If you want to find more ways to protect your vision or you want to know if you have computer vision syndrome, contact our Hendersonville optometrist at 828-693-5205.

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