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Computer Eye Strain

Computer Eye Strain

Computer Eye Strain services offered in Henderson, NV

Working constantly on a computer screen takes a toll on your whole body, and your eyes are no exception. If you frequently stare at computers, experienced optometrists Alaina Lavine, OD, Tiffany Nguyen, OD, and the team at Optic Gallery The District in the District neighborhood of Henderson, Nevada, can help. The team can examine your eyes and create a personalized treatment plan that combats computer eye strain. Call or schedule an appointment online today to learn more.

What is computer eye strain?

If your eyes feel tired, itchy, or irritated after staring at a screen computer, tablet, or mobile phone you may experience digital eye strain. Many people experience uncomfortable symptoms from reading text on digital devices rather than in print. The blue light in these devices can damage the eyes over time, leading to computer eye strain.

What are the signs of computer eye strain?

Computer eye strain affects everyone differently but can cause:

  • Red eye
  • Dry eye
  • Blurred vision
  • Headaches
  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Fatigued eyes
  • Watery eyes
  • Double vision

Most symptoms of computer eye strain resolve after you give your eyes a break from looking at screens. Over time, however, digital eye strain symptoms can occur even when you aren’t using a device.

How is computer eye strain diagnosed?

There is no single test for diagnosing computer eye strain. The team at Optic Gallery The District reviews your medical history and asks questions about your lifestyle. This part of the exam helps your optometrist gauge how often you stare at digital devices.

Next, the team performs a complete eye exam to test your vision and eye health. To gather more information, they may dilate, or enlarge, your pupils. Finally, the team may perform a funduscopy to view the structures inside your eye.

If your optometrist suspects that an underlying condition may be aggravating your eyes and intensifying your symptoms, they may order bloodwork and imaging scans.

What are treatments for computer eye strain?

Treating computer eye strain can be difficult in the digital age. If you rely on digital devices for work or school, the team can recommend tips to give your eyes a break from blue light. These recommendations may include:

  • Looking at a distance of 20 feet away for 20 seconds every 20 minutes
  • Taking a 15-minute break from screens every two hours
  • Investing in a screen glare filter
  • Placing your screen higher, so you aren’t peering down at it
  • Blinking more frequently
  • Adjusting your chair height to maintain good posture

If you have an underlying condition that exacerbates your symptoms, the team may administer the appropriate treatment.

Call Optic Gallery The District or schedule an appointment online to learn more about computer eye strain.

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