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Tips to Cope With Computer Vision Syndrome

Tips to Cope With Computer Vision Syndrome

Do you find yourself squinting at your computer screen regularly? Do you try to compensate for online reading difficulties by increasing the font size in web documents? Are you constantly adjusting the brightness of your backlight to improve your ability to read on the Internet?

With the increased daily use of computers, many workers are experiencing more eye strain. Children and adults may also notice other vision problems as they use small mobile devices for entertainment, shopping and other personal needs. As many of us rely on laptops during travel, additional eye-related issues continue to present challenges and concerns.

Symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome

If you notice persistent difficulties trying to read while surfing the web, you may be suffering from computer vision syndrome. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), “Many individuals experience eye discomfort and vision problems when viewing a computer screen for extended periods. The level of discomfort appears to increase with the amount of computer use.”

The AOA indicates that some of the most common symptoms of computer vision syndrome include the following:

● Eye strain

● Blurred vision

● Dry eyes

● Headaches

Environmental and Medical Factors

Environmental and medical factors may contribute to computer vision syndrome. Some of these include the following:

● Glare on the computer screen

● Improper viewing distances

● Inadequate lighting

● Poor seating posture

● Uncorrected vision problems

Immediate Solutions to Ease Eye Strain

You can take immediate steps to correct some environmental issues including low lighting. By investing in several well-positioned lamps with bright lights, you can quickly reduce eye strain while working at your computer. Taking hourly breaks and looking away from your screen may also ease the continuous visual demands of staring at a computer screen.

If you have avoided addressing existing vision problems, you can schedule an appointment today. Some of these may include the following:

● Astigmatism

● Farsightedness

● Presbyopia or aging of the eyes

The experienced ophthalmologists and optometrists at East Side Eye Associates (212-861-6200) and Tribeca Eye Associates (212-693-7200) specialize in all of these conditions. To improve your vision while you work at your computer, call us now.