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Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) or Digital Eye Strain is an unintended consequence of the hours we all spend daily on tablets, computers, cell phones, and e-readers.
Chances are you're reading this on one such device; chances are good that you've been on that device for a while too.
CVS is not one specific condition but covers a range of problems attributed to computer use. Some studies indicate that as many as 65% of computer users suffer from eyestrain or discomfort, many daily. If you already have vision problems of some kind, you are even more likely to be affected.
CVS is not limited to working adults either. Children use computers daily at school then revert to other devices at home. If you spend two or more hours per day on a computer (as most of us do) you've been forcing your eyes to focus and refocus all day on a screen of ever-changing glare, contrast, and floating images. If your work environment is poorly lit for that task, or you are seated at an improper viewing distance, it is more difficult to work. On top of that, you may be slouching or leaning in towards the computer screen as well. Double trouble there: eyestrain and neck/shoulder pain.
What are the symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome?
Your optometrist can diagnose Computer Vision Syndrome/ Digital Eye Strain by performing a comprehensive eye examination. This examination will include:
No one who is suffering from any visual difficulties should assume that it is all a part of 'getting older' or 'just an occupational hazard of working on a computer'. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, your eyes should be evaluated by an optometrist.
Dr. Donald Hembree and Dr. Justin Jackman, your optometrist in Odessa TX, and the friendly staff at Vision Source Odessa, are here to partner with you to ensure your visual health. Give us a call at 432-362-3133.
Contact us NOW to learn how we can help your vision.