These days it seems impossible to spend much time away from a computer monitor or the screens of mobile devices. If your daily activities require you to stare into these displays for hours at a time, you may be experiencing some disturbing, uncomfortable eye problems. Computer vision syndrome is a common, vexing form of digital eye strain that can reduce your productivity and threaten your ocular health. Fortunately, you can get help from Progressive Eyecare, where we have provided residents of Indianapolis and Fishers, IN, with computer vision treatment for many years.
What Is Computer Vision Syndrome?
As its name suggests, computer vision syndrome is not one specific ailment. Instead, it's a set of symptoms that tend to occur together for one underlying reason: the overuse of digital displays. The pervasiveness of modern electronic devices means that most people find themselves staring into these displays for extended periods. This habit can lead to chronic discomforts such as a gritty, tired, or irritated feeling in the eyes, sometimes accompanied by eye redness, blurred vision, headaches, neck pain, or shoulder pain. Issues associated with computer vision syndrome include:
- Dry eye - Dry eye and computer vision syndrome tend to go hand in hand. That's because you blink less frequently when you're staring at a digital display.
- HEV light exposure - LED displays tend to emit concentrated amounts of HEV (high-energy visible) light. These blue-violet wavelengths have been associated with eye strain and may be a factor in retinal diseases such as macular degeneration.
Blue Light Filtering and Other Solutions from Our Optometrist
You may not be able to avoid that daily computer or mobile device usage, but you can still protect your eyes from its effects. Blue light filtering is one helpful approach. Our optometrist can fit you with blue light-blocking lenses that do an excellent job of blocking HEV light frequencies without impairing your vision. In addition to these lenses, we can also check your vision prescription to make any small updates that might reduce chronic eye strain. We can even advise you on smart "vision hygiene" such as adjusting your screen brightness and ambient light levels, taking more frequent work breaks, and treating dry eye issues as needed.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Eye Doctor in Indianapolis and Fishers, IN
Call Progressive Eyecare today for more information on computer vision syndrome or to schedule an appointment with our eye doctor.