VistaSite Eye Care
Optometrists located in Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Valley Stream and Manhattan, New York, NY
Eye problems that develop due to looking at computers and other screens are quite common today, with both adults and children experiencing issues like eye irritation and red eyes due to computer vision syndrome. Luckily it can be easily conquered with the help of VistaSite Eye Care in New York City. Call or use online booking to schedule an appointment at the nearest VistaSite Eye Care office in Brooklyn, Manhattan, the Bronx, Valley Stream, or Washington Heights today.
Computer Vision Syndrome Q & A
What are the Symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome?
Computer vision syndrome may cause a range of symptoms, including:
- Blurry vision
- Dry eyes
- Red eyes
- Itchy eyes
- Watery eyes
- Chronic headaches
- Double vision
You may experience several of these symptoms at the same time. Symptoms are often sporadic and will be particularly bad at the end of a long day of staring at the screen.
Who is at Risk for Computer Vision Syndrome?
If you work primarily at a computer, you're at risk for computer vision syndrome. Other types of screens, including those on your tablet and phone, contribute as well.
Children are also at risk for computer screen syndrome if they spend significant time playing video games or otherwise using any device with a screen.
Wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses with the wrong prescription can increase your risk of computer vision syndrome because it tends to make you strain your eyes harder than usual.
How is Computer Vision Syndrome Treated?
Your optometrist at VistaSite Eye Care may treat your computer vision syndrome in several ways. First, you'll have a comprehensive eye exam so your doctor can look for other conditions that might be contributing to your issues.
If your eye prescription needs adjusting, they’ll prescribe new eyeglasses or contact lenses immediately. This change often makes it easier to look at a screen comfortably for extended periods of time. However, it's still important to limit screen time when possible.
If your eyes are severely irritated or dry, your optometrist may prescribe eye drops or topical ointment for short-term use.
While all these things help with computer vision syndrome considerably, simple lifestyle adjustments might help most of all.
How Can I Avoid Computer Vision Syndrome in the Future?
Your VistaSite Eye Care eye doctor may recommend certain lifestyle changes to help you avoid computer vision syndrome in the future, including:
- Using a glare filter on your computer screen
- Avoiding sitting very close to the screen
- Taking brief breaks to look away from screen
- Blinking your eyes frequently
- Reducing screen brightness
If you suspect you might have computer vision syndrome, call or use online booking to schedule an appointment at the nearest VistaSite Eye Care office today.
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