The Signs of Computer Vision
Computer vision is a growing phenomenon in the modern era of almost non-stop device use. Many people use a computer or tablet screen for work or play, and the majority of people have a smartphone that they look at throughout the day. This can lead to the uncomfortable "computer vision syndrome," a form of eye strain that can be painful and affect your daily life. Fortunately, with the right eye care, it doesn't have to be this way. Our team at Eye Society in Chicago would like to explain a bit about identifying, treating, and preventing computer vision syndrome.
What is Computer Vision?
Even when not looking at a personal screen, we're often inundated with TV screens and even digital advertisements. While it may not be obvious at first, computer vision syndrome is affecting more and more people all the time. While often referred to as a "syndrome," the term actually refers to a range of symptoms that affects the eyes and a few other parts of the body after focusing on computerized screens for long periods. If you notice any of the following symptoms, it's time to make an appointment for eye care:
- Eye pain or soreness
- Red eyes
- Dry eyes
- Blurry or otherwise unclear vision
- Neck and shoulder pain
Not Treating Computer Vision Syndrome
As screens become increasingly integral to our everyday lives, it becomes all the more important to address computer vision syndrome. While looking away from your phone, tablet, or computer may seem like the obvious solution, the fact is that most people still need to rely on screens for work. Furthermore, leaving computer vision syndrome untreated can lead to increasingly worse symptoms that can affect other areas of your life. It may become harder to focus, and pain or vision issues can intensify. Neck and shoulder pain can be especially troublesome, as can blurry vision.
Practicing good eye care while you use phone or computer screens is important, as is scheduling regular eye care appointments. Giving your eyes a rest frequently and turning down the screen brightness can help, as will sitting up straight with good posture. Try to follow the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, take a 20 second break and look at something 20 feet away. You can order special glasses that block out blue light or reduce glare from computer screens.
Get Computer Vision Treatment in Chicago
Our optometrists can help you with Computer Vision and much more when you stop by for an eye exam. Call our office in Streeterville today at 312-640-2405 or our Loop office at 312-631-3247.