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Understanding Computer Vision with Our Hendersonville Optometrist

With people spending more and more time in front of electronic devices at work, at home, and on the ride in between, it is no surprise that cases of eye strain, specifically computer vision syndrome are on the rise. If you spend time using electronic screens (computers, televisions, tablets, electronic readers, and cell phones), then you have probably experienced computer vision syndrome. Our Hendersonville optometrist helps patients each day who deal with computer vision syndrome to find relief and improve their everyday lives at home and at the office.understanding computer vision with our hendersonville optometrist

Computer Vision Symptoms and Causes

Prolonged time spent looking at electronic screens leads to a modern brand of eye strain known as computer vision or digital eye strain. Many of us living in the modern world spend our work days in front of a computer screen, breaks in front of a cell phone screen or electronic reader, and evenings on our home computers or watching television. As a result, we subject our eyes to poor lighting conditions, ill-defined electronics letters, and over-use. Computer vision symptoms include:

  • dry eyes
  • blurred vision
  • headaches
  • eye strain
  • neck and shoulder pain

A number of factors besides the amount of time spent in front of a screen can contribute to computer vision including:

  • poor lighting conditions
  • glare on the screen
  • poor posture
  • improper viewing distance
  • uncorrected vision problems such as myopia, hyperopia, presbyopia, and/or astigmatism

If your eyes feel tired or you experience any of the other symptoms of computer vision syndrome, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with our optometrist to discuss treatment options, workspace design/function, and for a comprehensive eye exam to rule out any additional factors which might be causing your symptoms of digital eye strain such as an uncorrected visual acuity problem, eye condition, or disease. 

Does Blue Light Contribute to Eye Strain?

Blue light is not unnatural; our eyes take in blue light produced by the sun every day. Our electronic devices, however, produce copious amounts of blue light, which is not easily filtered by our eyes. This excessive amount of blue light can lead to eye strain in poorly lit work conditions or conditions in which sunlight might glare off of the screen being viewed. Establishing a well-designed and organized work environment can help reduce the intake of blue light. Blue light-filtering lenses can also help reduce the amount of blue light your eyes must filter them, reducing eye strain. 

Computer Vision Treatment with Our Hendersonville Optometrist

Our Hendersonville optometrist provides diagnosis and computer vision treatment, which includes a comprehensive eye exam (visual acuity, refraction, and eye coordination tests) with prescribed workstation set up, lighting adjustments, integrated eye rest, and blinking breaks. In addition, our optical center also provides blue light filtering lenses as another option for protecting your eyes from computer-related eye strain. Schedule a computer vision appointment with our optometrist at (828) 693-5205 today.

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