Modern technology has made a lot of things easier, especially when it comes to communication, entertainment and work-related activities. This, however, is both a blessing and a curse. Indeed, the development of computers, smartphones and other devices have improved your way of living, but they may also have some adverse effects on your health. Blue light-emitting screens can cause eye strain and other vision problems.
Lifetime Vision Source, your local vision center, discusses the things you need to know about computer vision syndrome.
Computer vision syndrome, also known as digital eye strain, is a result of prolonged use of a computer, a tablet, an e-reader or a smartphone. Since computers and other gadgets have unique features, they have higher visual demands than a printed page. Reading on your computer is more difficult for your eyes due to the inconsistencies in the sharpness of the letters, level of contrast and presence of glare and reflections. Moreover, poor lighting, improper viewing distances and uncorrected vision problems can cause digital eye strain.
Eye fatigue or visual discomfort is the most common symptom of computer vision syndrome. You may also experience headaches, neck pains and blurry vision. Moreover, staring at a screen for an extended period can cause dry eyes. Visit your eye doctor if you experience any of these symptoms.
Eye Care Solutions
Even if you are currently using corrective eyeglasses or contact lenses, that doesn’t mean you won’t experience digital eye strain. Special lens designs, lens tints or coatings may be necessary to optimize visual abilities and comfort. Your eye care specialist may also suggest vision therapy, which involves activities that can help improve eyesight.
For a comprehensive eye test and contact lens exam, turn to Lifetime Vision Source. Call us today at (701) 864-3777 or fill out our online form to schedule an appointment. We serve residents of Medina and Valley City, ND.