Whether it’s a phone, computer, or tablet, screen time is something that’s part of nearly everyone’s life for several hours a day. If you experience vision and eye problems as a result of using a computer, you could have computer vision syndrome (CVS). Sarah Zaver, OD, FAAO, and Angela Chu, OD, the expert optometrists at Frame & Focus Eye Care in Richmond, Texas, specialize in diagnosing and treating computer vision problems for both children and adults. It’s a good idea to schedule eye exams for every member of your family. Call the office at (832) 930-7797 or book online today.

Computer Vision Q & A

What is computer vision syndrome?

Computer vision syndrome (also known as digital eye strain) is the result of repetitive computer use. Looking at a computer screen for several hours a day for work or pleasure forces your eyes to focus and refocus each time you look at the screen and then look away. Your brain has to quickly process images so you can read the screen and then see other images in the room.

This extra effort can put a strain on your eye muscles, making them feel fatigued. CVS is especially common as you get older and the lenses in your eyes become less flexible than when you were younger.

What are common symptoms of computer vision syndrome?

Common symptoms that occur when you develop CVS include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Double vision
  • Headaches
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Eyestrain
  • Dry eyes
  • Gritty, burning sensation in your eyes

Uncorrected vision problems like astigmatism and farsightedness (hyperopia), or presbyopia — an age-related vision issue — can all contribute to developing CVS. Additionally, poor lighting conditions, glare, and even posture are contributing factors to computer vision problems.

How does an optometrist treat computer vision syndrome?

You may be able to alleviate symptoms by taking frequent breaks from your screen each day. However, if symptoms persist, your optometrist can prescribe glasses so you can see the screen clearly or to protect your eyes from glare. Your eye doctor thoroughly evaluates your eyes in order to recommend effective solutions and correct existing vision problems so you can focus more easily at varying distances.

In addition to ensuring that you’re wearing the right contacts or glasses prescription during prolonged screen time, you can take steps to alleviate other CVS symptoms, such as correcting your posture, changing the height of your computer screen, or adjusting the lighting in the room to help alleviate eye strain. Regularly scheduled eye exams will alert your doctor to any changes in your eye health or vision so you can make the necessary adjustments and receive the treatment you need.

For a personalized assessment of your computer vision eye problems and effective treatment options, call the knowledgeable team at Frame & Focus Eye Care to schedule an exam, or use the online booking tool to request an appointment.