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Is Computer Vision Syndrome Permanent?

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Is Computer Vision Syndrome Permanent?

If you’re like some of us here at CHOMRA modern Eyewear Eyecare, you may spend a little bit too much time on your devices.

The average American worker spends 7 hours a day on their computer. Our jobs usually require us to sit behind a screen, and who doesn’t love scrolling through social media? Computer vision syndrome can occur when we spend too much time on our devices.

But don’t panic. Computer vision syndrome is common, treatable, and not considered to be permanent. There are many things you can do to help alleviate the symptoms of computer vision syndrome and our team can help!

What Is Computer Vision Syndrome?

Computer vision syndrome, also known as digital eye strain, is an increasingly common condition that can affect anyone, regardless of age, race, or gender. 

Computer vision syndrome occurs as a result of extended screen time, especially with devices like smartphones, tablets, and laptops. As technology becomes a more common part of our day-to-day routines, it’s important to understand digital eye strain and how to combat its symptoms.

Signs & Symptoms

The signs and symptoms of digital eye strain can include:

  • Headaches
  • Shoulder or neck pain
  • Dry eyes
  • Blurred vision

You can help alleviate your symptoms with adjusted technology usage. At CHROMA modern Eyewear Eyecare, we can help you find relief from your symptoms.

Does Computer Vision Syndrome Go Away?

Computer vision syndrome, or digital eye strain, is not permanent. Your symptoms should go away after a good break from your device.

The severity of your symptoms can depend on the amount of time you’re spending looking at a screen, as well as your computer set-up and the frequency of your screen usage.

If you experience symptoms of digital eye strain that don’t seem to go away, even after a long break, you should book an appointment with one of our knowledgeable CHROMA optometrists. Your symptoms may be related to another issue, such as an outdated prescription. 

It’s important to address any ongoing or sudden changes to your vision with your optometrist as soon as possible. 

Treatments for Computer Vision Syndrome

Fortunately, there are many things you can do to help alleviate the symptoms of digital eye strain, or computer vision syndrome. 

Office Ergonomics

Adjusting your workstation can help prevent symptoms of digital eye strain and reduce the stress on your eyes. 

Whether it’s a home office or a company office, you can:

  • Adjust your monitor to sit below eye level (4 – 5 inches lower)
  • Set your monitor up 20 – 28 inches away from your face
  • Use a document holder for any reference materials
  • Put an anti-glare cover over your screen
  • Ensure your screen isn’t brighter than the light in the room
  • Sit so your feet are flat on the floor 
  • Use blue-light blocking glasses 

The 20-20-20 Rule

You can practice the 20-20-20 rule to help alleviate and prevent symptoms of digital eye strain. 

The 20-20-20 rule means every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and stare at something 20 feet away. This gives your eyes regular breaks to relax and allows your eyes to rehydrate.

Bilberry Extract

Some more recent studies have found evidence to suggest that certain natural supplements can help treat symptoms of digital eye strain.

One study found that bilberry extract can help reduce strain on the eye muscles of people who frequently use visual displays. Another study found bilberry extract improved “the experience of eye fatigue” based on the participants’ responses. 

Visit CHROMA modern Eyewear Eyecare

If you find that your symptoms are more persistent, and these techniques don’t provide you with adequate relief, you should book an appointment with one of our highly-trained doctors at CHROMA. At CHROMA modern Eyewear Eyecare, our experienced team can examine your eyes and help you find treatments to alleviate your symptoms.

Find Relief from Digital Eye Strain

We know how irritating digital eye strain can be. We can help. Book an appointment at CHROMA modern Eyewear Eyecare today!

Written by Dr. Matt Barber

Dr. Matthew G. Barber began seeing patients at CHROMA in September of 2001. For almost two decades, Dr. Barber has worked diligently to provide cutting-edge eye care to the people of Fort Worth and its surrounding areas while providing a warm and friendly environment for his patients. He wanted to give the people of Fort Worth something unique and special, and so CHROMA was born.

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