Computer Vision Syndrome

Computer Vision Syndrome Can Impact Your Ability To See Clearly

Computer vision syndrome, also known as digital eye strain, is a condition that results from spending too much time looking at the monitor. It can affect anyone regardless of the need to wear glasses. When your vision is getting blurry from time at the computer, it's time to get eye care from Palmer Vision Clinic located north of Anchorage. Following is a look at computer vision syndrome and how it affects your vision. 

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What is Computer Vision Syndrome?

Computer vision syndrome (CVS) is a combination of different vision issues that arise from eye strain. It is directly linked to spending too much time with your eyes focused on the monitor. It is estimated that anywhere between 50% to 90% of people who work at computers have symptoms of CVS. No one is immune from digital eye strain, however. Children who spend a lot of time at the computer and tablets are also at risk of experiencing some form of eye strain. 

How Does Looking at a Monitor Cause CVS?

CVS is a repetitive motion injury in that your eyes are always moving along the same path or in predictive ways for extended periods of time. The longer you look at your screen and follow a back and forth or up and down motion, the more likely you are to experience eye strain. In turn, the muscles that control your eye movement get tired and strained. Another aspect of CVS is the fact you blink less as you try to make sense of what is on your screen and cause your eyes to dry out. Dry eyes cause blurriness until you blink or use eye lubricant.

Getting Eye Care for the Condition

You can take steps in your workspace to give your vision a break. Reduce glare from windows with shades or move your monitor to block the light. A glare filter for your monitor can also help cut down the amount of direct light shining into your eyes. Position your monitor just under eye level and at least 20 inches away from your face. The farther away, the better, but not too far. Take frequent breaks for about 20 minutes and look at something in the distance. If you are still experiencing issues after taking these steps, make an appointment at Palmer Vision Clinic for help. 

Contact us at Palmer Vision Clinic Today for Help With Computer Vision

We can help you with computer vision syndrome at our clinic in Palmer. We serve patients in the Palmer and Anchorage area. Make an appointment to see our optometrist to learn more about digital eye strain and how it can be treated.

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