Computer Vision Syndrome
It seems computers have taken over every aspect of our lives from long hours at work, to school work, and even many of our hobbies. Computers are great tools, but they can put a tremendous amount of stress on our eyes, which can lead to computer vision syndrome. Below, let's take a closer look at this syndrome to understand how an optometry specialist can help.
What Is Computer Vision Syndrome?
Computer vision syndrome, also referred to as digital eye strain, is a condition that impacts millions of people worldwide. This condition occurs from looking at computer screen for hours on end. Unfortunately, this is necessary for many of our careers. Digital screens constantly force our eyes to re-focus throughout the day, adding undue amounts of strain to the muscles that control our eyes.
What Are the Symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome?
The most common symptom of digital eye strain is strained eyes. This may make the eyes tired, sore, or dry. It follows then that chronic dry eye can become a recurring symptom. Further, people may suffer headaches, blurred vision, or even neck and shoulder strain. These symptoms can worsen with poor lighting, improper viewing distance, poor posture, or glare coming from the computer screen.
How Can an Optometrist Help?
Seeking out an optometry specialist can help alleviate the symptoms of computer vision syndrome. This syndrome is often exacerbated by existing eye conditions such as near-sightedness, far-sightedness, or astigmatism. Further, dry eye or degenerative diseases associated with age can make the symptoms of computer vision syndrome even worse. Your optometrist will work together with you to understand your computer habits. Then, he or she can prescribe any medication, prescription glasses, or contacts that you may need.
At Lickteig Family Eye Care, we are passionate about eye health. We treat a range of conditions, including computer vision syndrome. We have four convenient offices in Massachusetts, including Boston, Medford, Dedham, and Natick.
- Our Boston office is located at 450 Washington St. Boston MA 02111, and can be reached by calling 617-988-8136.
- Our Medford office is located at 4110 Mystic Valley Parkway Medford MA 02155, and can be reached at 781-350-7008.
- Our Dedham office is at 870 Providence Highway Dedham MA 02026, and can be reached by calling 781-329-0067.
- And lastly, our Natick office is located at 1245 Worcester Street, Suite 1024 Natick MA 01760, and can be reached at 508-653-0919.
With four offices we are sure to have a convenient location close to you, so give us a call today so we can help you overcome your digital eye strain.