In 2018, it’s hard not to expose yourself to the dangers of technology. However, tablets, laptops, smartphones, and everything in-between can have major effects on your eyes. Joe Youngson, OD at Galleria Vision Center provides expert care to the 21st-century population in Dallas, Texas who have experienced first-hand the effects of technology on their body. Schedule a consultation with the team by phone or online to learn more.
Computer eye strain, also known as Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS), occurs when your eye follows a repeated motion and, as a result, tires from overuse.
A perfect comparison to better understand CVS would be to consider carpal tunnel. If you spend too much time on your mousepad or holding your phone, your fingers will cramp up. The same happens to your eyes when you’re in front of a screen for too long.
Sitting in front of a digital screen for hours forces your eyes to focus and refocus on each task you’re working on. Every time your eye adjusts, it needs to adapt to the different contrasts, glares, blue lights, and flickering of your screen. The effects of computer eye strain worsen when you alternate from book to screen repeatedly for extended periods of time.
Additionally, computer eye strain limits the amount of blinking you do in front of the screen. The healthy amount is around 15 times a minute to prevent dryness and irritation. If you experience computer eye strain, you’re likely to blink half as much as you should.
Computer eye strain causes specific symptoms that lead to fatigue and extreme discomfort. The most common symptoms include:
Some of the symptoms can seem benign. For instance, you might not think dry eyes will have a long-term effect on their health, but symptoms are always part of a more significant risk.
Dr. Joe recommends that you contact her or a team member at Galleria Vision Center if you exhibit any symptoms whatsoever. Addressing these immediately can prevent serious and permanent consequences in the long run.
To treat computer eye strain, Dr. Joe first performs a thorough eye exam. This enables her to understand your symptoms and develop an individualized treatment plan. She might recommend:
Most effectively, Dr. Joe recommends Blue IQ™, which are blue light blocking glasses that ward off this particularly damaging light. Blue light contains shorter wavelengths and carries more energy, enabling it to destructively penetrate your eye all the way back to the retina.
Contact Dr. Joe at Galleria Vision Center by phone or online to learn more about how you can live a healthier life alongside technology.