Computer vision syndrome encompasses a group of eye and vision-related issues resulting from lengthy computer, tablet, or cell phone usage.
The bothersome symptoms associated with computer vision syndrome include:
The severity of a patient’s symptoms depends on the level of their visual abilities and the amount of time they stare at a computer screen. Patients’ symptoms often lessen when they step away from their digital devices. Unfortunately, some patients continue to experience diminished visual abilities after halting computer usage. Blurry distance vision is a common symptom that may not subside after patients quit looking at their computer screens. When the underlying causes of computer vision syndrome aren’t addressed, symptoms often recur and sometimes worsen causing headache, increases in nearsightedness and postural problems.
Several factors contribute to computer vision syndrome including:
Looking at a computer screen makes your eyes work harder. The letters on your computer screen or handheld device are typically not as sharply defined or as clear as the letters on a printed page. Therefore, the contrast level compared to the background is diminished. Further, the presence of reflections or a glare on your digital screen can make viewing letters difficult. The high visual demands of staring at a digital screen can increase your risk of succumbing to vision-related issues. Uncorrected or poorly corrected vision problems can worsen the severity of computer vision syndrome. Even slight vision problems affect your performance and comfort when using a computer screen.
Because computer screens are usually situated 20-26 inches from your eyes, regular, prescription eyeglasses are often not the best alternative for looking at digital screens. This intermediate vision range is farther than what you utilize to read. However, it’s also closer than what you use to drive a car. Dean Optical provides patients with specialty computer lenses and lens treatments designed especially for computer work. They allow patients to accurately and safely view their computer screens and intermediate work areas.
Dean Optical works with many insurance carriers and payment plans.
To see if we work with your insurance carrier or vision care plan, please call our office for assistance. Our friendly and informed staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
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