Frequently Asked Questions About Computer Vision Syndrome from Austin Vision Center
Modern technology often leads to modern problems, including an irritating condition called computer vision syndrome. If you're concerned or confused about this issue, here are the answers to some frequently asked questions on the subject from Austin Vision Center.
- What is computer vision syndrome? Computer vision syndrome, also known as CVS or digital eye strain, is a modern-day occupational and recreational hazard related to extensive use of digital screens and monitors -- from standard PC and laptop monitors to the smaller screens on tablets and e-readers. Even cell phone screens can cause CVS.
- What are the symptoms of CVS? The hallmark symptoms of CVS include eye strain and eye fatigue, burning sensations, red eyes, headaches, neck pain, shoulder pain, dry eyes, and blurred or double vision.
- Why does computer vision syndrome cause dry eyes? Normally, your eyes blink every few seconds to maintain eye moisture and tear film. For some reason, people who gaze constantly at digital screens "forget" to blink at the right frequency. This allows the protective tear film to dissipate, exposing the eyes to air and drying them out.
- What role does screen glare play in computer vision syndrome? Excessive screen glare makes it harder for your eyes to focus, working them harder and leading to strain. The high-energy visible (HEV) light emitted by digital screens is another known factor in digital eye strain.
- How does the angle of my digital screen affect my eyes and comfort? If the screen you're consulting is too high or low in relation to your eyes, your eyes may have to open wider than they usually would, increasing the risk of dryness. Improper positioning can also cause neck and shoulder strain.
- How do your optometrists diagnose a case of CVS? Either Austin optometrist on our team, Dr. Hutson or Dr. Tran, can confirm a case of CVS and its specific underlying causes. In addition to discussing your current symptoms, we can use refractive and visual acuity testing, eye function testing and other methods to figure out the most effective treatment options for you.
- What can my eye doctor do to reduce my exposure to glare? Your eye doctor can offer a variety of filtering options to help you reduce the amount of glare that enters the eye. Yellow-tinted or non-tinted computer glasses can be extremely helpful (while also optimizing your corrective prescription for your screen distance). Your optometrist may also recommend changing your workplace lighting to reduce glare.
- What other forms of care should I consider? Self care can be highly effective for preventing future bouts of CVS. Your optometrist can instruct you on how to position your monitor for less physical strain and how to treat your eyes to regularly-scheduled "blink breaks" to preserve eye moisture. Artificial tears are also a helpful form of treatment for occasional irritation.
Call Our Optometrist in Austin Today to Learn More!
Now that you know more about computer vision syndrome and how it can be remedied, it's time to find the answers to your individual CVS issues. Austin Vision Center is at your service, so call your trusted optometrist in Austin at 512-477-2282 today!