Optometrists located in Santa Monica, CA
If you’re spending a lot of time in front of your computer screen, you’re at increased risk for a condition known as computer vision syndrome. At Cooper Optometry in Santa Monica, California, Dr. Donna Cooper and Dr. Chung offer comprehensive eye evaluations to determine if your eyes are suffering from severe strain as the result of prolonged computer use. To learn more about diagnosing and treating computer vision syndrome, schedule a consultation online or by calling the office directly.
Computer Vision Syndrome
What is computer vision syndrome?
Computer vision syndrome is also called digital eye strain. This condition includes several eye and vision-related problems that result from frequent use of cell phones, computers, and tablets.
These devices' screen glare can interfere with your vision and may also cause symptoms like:
- Eye strain
- Blurred vision
- Frequent headaches
- Dry eye syndrome
- Neck and shoulder pain
Vision problems that develop from too much time in front of the screen are often temporary. In some cases, however, vision problems can persist for the long term.
You and your families’ yearly eye examination allows Dr. Cooper and Dr. Chung to check your vision, asses your symptoms, catch problems early, and begin any necessary treatment as soon as possible to preserve your vision.
How is computer vision syndrome diagnosed?
The doctors first discuss your daily activities to see if there are any issues related to digital eye strain. They then conduct a comprehensive eye exam to determine if any correction is needed to relieve symptoms. She may administer specific eye tests to assess how well your eyes work together and how well you can see up close and at a distance.
Depending on your needs, the doctors can recommend the best course of treatment to protect your eyes and relieve your symptoms.
What treatment options are available for computer vision syndrome?
Initially, Dr. Cooper and Chung may recommend wearing glasses for computer work to improve your visual acuity. They may also suggest specially designed lenses or anti-glare coatings to reduce eye strain when using the computer.
There are also several things you can do on your own to protect your sight when using a computer. Positioning your monitor 15-20 degrees below your natural eye level can help. Frequent breaks can also help reduce fatigue. If you are constantly reading on a smartphone or handheld digital devices, it is best to place them arm's length away.
If you have dry eye, it’s important to blink frequently to prevent complications from computer vision syndrome because blinking helps provide your eye’s surface with necessary moisture. You can also try over-the-counter eye drops to increase eye moisture and prevent redness and irritation.
If you frequently work with digital devices, it’s critical to be educated on how to protect your eyes. Schedule an examination online or by calling Cooper Optometry to learn more about preventing computer vision syndrome.