Today we have many forms of technology available to keep us informed and entertained. Unfortunately, with the additional devices, we spend more time watching screens of all sizes, affecting our vision. Those who suffer from computer vision may experience dry eyes, eye fatigue, headaches, blurred vision, and eye strain. Our optometry team at Eye and Contact Lens Center understands the need for computer-related eye care. We are ready to help patients in Kirkland and the surrounding areas of Renton, Bellevue, and Medina find relief from their computer vision symptoms.
Computer Eye Strain
Eye strain is commonly caused by staring at a computer, phone, or other types of screens for extended periods. Essentially, eye strain causes fatigue of the eyes.
Symptoms of Eye Strain
According to the American Optometric Association, the most common symptoms of eye strain include headaches, dry eyes, and blurred vision. In more extreme cases, some experience eyestrain with neck and shoulder pain.
Computer Vision Eye Care
The best way to keep your eyes healthy is to visit our eye doctor regularly for exams and, if needed, prescription eyewear. Discuss any concerns with our optometry team during your routine eye exam, including how much screen time you average daily.
Protect Your Eyes with Blue Light Glasses
Wearing blue light-blocking lenses helps reduce the short wavelength of blue light that comes from screens. As a result, blue light glasses reduce the amount of blue light that affects your eye health.
Change Computer Display Settings
Computers have options available to adjust the screen's brightness, contrast, and text size. To avoid computer vision, change the screen's brightness until your eyes are comfortable looking at it for extended periods.
Exercise Your Eyes
In addition to wearing blue light lenses, take regular breaks from sitting in front of the computer to exercise your eyes. A few simple exercises can help prevent computer vision and keep your eyes healthy. Exercises include:
- Focus: Take a few minutes to focus on objects that are at a further distance away from you than your computer screen.
- Near and Far: Another focus exercise includes focusing on an object closer to your computer for 15 seconds, focusing on an object further away for 15 seconds. Repeat at least five times.
- Blink: Remember to blink frequently to help avoid eye strain and dry eyes.
Schedule Your Eye Appointment Today
Prevent computer vision by scheduling an appointment with our eye doctor. Call the Eye and Contact Lens Center today at (425) 822-8204 to schedule an appointment. Our office is accepting patients from Kirkland and the surrounding areas of Renton, Bellevue, and Medina.