Computer Vision Q&A:
Computer Vision is a relatively new term within the optometry field and refers to eye problems associated with the prolonged use of computers and electronics that use a digital screen. Although it can be temporary, there are times when computer vision can strain the eyes to a degree that permanently affects your vision as well. An existing eye condition can worsen as the eyes try to focus and adjust to a computer screen and precautions should be taken if you spend long hours in front of a computer screen. Some people with astigmatism will feel completely normal until they get in front of a computer and the condition seems to come back into play. Just as some people use glasses for driving at night there are glasses specifically designed for use with a computer.
Simple factors, such as proper lighting and posture, can make a big difference. Most people don’t realize how hard their eyes are working in front of a computer screen and preventive measures may sound obvious but are frequently overlooked or ignored. Adjusting the screen resolution or checking the brightness and contrast can instantly ease the tension on your eyes. Double-check the screen settings for your computer and take breaks if you spend long hours in front of the computer as well. If you have been experiencing blurry vision, dry eyes, eye strain, headaches, neck or back pain, try adjusting the lighting, posture, and the distance in front of your computer screen. If computer vision symptoms persist, call us to set up a consultation and we can do a full diagnosis. We will evaluate the best method in treating your digital eye strain so computer vision does not become an ongoing issue and lead to a bigger eye problem. This eye condition is quite common so don’t hesitate to take the proper steps to improve your vision today.
Can young people have adult-like onset of visual symptoms from overuse of electronics?The answer is yes, young people can have adult-like onset of visual symptoms from overuse of electronics. The most common complaints are headaches and eyestrain.
Glasses with blue light filters and computer boost prescriptions can help. Visit your eyecare provider for a thorough check up if you think you are having these problems.
Can overuse of electronics lead to dry eyes? The answer is yes, overuse of electronics can lead to dry eyes. The reason being, is that electronics give off blue light. Blue light is harmful because it can cause multiple ocular health risks with prolonged exposure.
Today, it is one of the leading causes to dry eyes and eye strain across all ages. One of the ways to slow down the progression is to lessen your screen time or by wearing blue light blocking lenses.
Can the overuse of electronics increase the progression of nearsightedness?The answer is yes, overuse of electronics can increase the progression of nearsightedness. Globally, we are seeing an increasing number of young children having rapid prescription changes and or needing glasses younger than ever before. Normally, this is expected due to the growth factor. But what we are seeing is the rapid changes to their prescription and near accommodation. This indicates that increasing screen time causes a rise to their accommodative issues which then contribute to the progression of nearsightedness.