Computer Vision Syndrome Treatment with our Ardmore Optometrist
Computer Vision Syndrome is progressive and degenerative, leading to other complications or negatively impacting existing conditions. At Ardmore Premier Eye Care, our mission is to help resolve these issues to help our clients maintain good vision.
What is Computer Vision Syndrome?
This condition is also known as Digital Eye Strain and develops from the consistent use of electronic devices such as computers, e-readers, smartphones, or tablets. When a person spends a great amount of time looking at an electronic screen, it puts stress on the eyes, making them work harder and exposing them to the glare of artificial lighting for extended periods of time. This stress, over time, can cause problems in vision, leading to long-term and/or short-term damage.
Not only can Computer Vision Syndrome create problems with vision, it can exacerbate existing issues, such as improper eye focusing, farsightedness, or astigmatism.
What are the Symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome?
Symptoms may vary in individual people but the most common symptoms are eyestrain and headaches. Other symptoms can include blurred vision, muscle spasms, neck and shoulder pain, and dry eyes.
These symptoms can be caused by incorrect posture, a continual glare from the screen, and a lack of proper contrast between the letters and images on a screen and the background behind them. These symptoms can also be caused by incorrect viewing angles or the distances between the screen and the viewer’s eyes. Doctors have also listed poor lighting and pre-existing conditions with vision as contributing factors. Finally, the amount of time spent staring at the screen can be a contributing factor since the eyes work to focus for the entire duration.
Treatments for Computer Vision Syndrome
Those suffering from Computer Vision Syndrome can find some relief with the 20-20-20 rule. This rule is an exercise in which the viewer places his or her visual focus on an object that is 20 feet away. The viewer should focus on this object for 20 seconds and repeat the exercise every 20 minutes. This provides the eyes with a small rest and helps to regain focus that has been lost while looking at the computer screen.
For those that require more, other forms of treatment for Computer Vision Syndrome can include eyeglasses and contacts designed for use specifically for individuals during time spent on digital screens. These glasses and lens are custom-made by licensed optometrists and work with the use of special coatings, shapes, and designs. Another form of therapy for this condition is called vision therapy, a program that trains the brain and eyes to work together. Vision therapy can be conducted in a doctor’s office or at home.
Finally, for extreme cases that require more, optometrists can provide surgery that corrects the shape of the cornea to correct vision problems.
Looking for an Optometrist in Ardmore, Oklahoma?
At our center, we provide eye and vision exams that help detect problems. We provide tests for visual acuity, focus and eye coordination, and refraction. These tests are designed to determine the extent of Computer Vision Syndrome in individuals and to help formulate a treatment plan that addresses the problem and the needs of the individual.
We are a family-centric practice that accommodates all ages. You can also call us to set an appointment or to ask questions at (580) 223-8585. In addition to callers requesting information, we also answer questions that are texted to this number.
New patients are eligible to receive a $20 discount on first-time visits. The staff here at Ardmore Premier Eyecare looks forward to serving you and your family. Make an appointment today and rediscover the world around you with corrected vision.