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Our Arvada Optometric Center Discusses Computer Vision Syndrome

Are you experiencing negative eye issues due to working on your computer? The specialists at Arvada Optometric Center in Arvada and Westminster can help. Below is more information about computer vision syndrome and how we can help.

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What is Computer Vision Syndrome and What Are the Causes of Computer Vision?

Computer vision syndrome is the name of a group of severe vision and eye-related problems due to looking at a computer screen for long periods of time. Computer vision syndrome is also called Digital Eye Strain. Symptoms arise when you look at a computer screen for more than two hours at a time.

The Symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome

There are several symptoms of computer vision syndrome. The symptoms include blurry vision, eye strain, dry eye, headaches, and scratchy eyes. Dry eye, blurry vision and other symptoms can cause other health problems as well if not treated right away. Symptoms may be mild or severe and vary from person to person. 

How Is It Diagnosed?

Computer Vision Syndrome is diagnosed by our optometrist, Dr. Cottrell, discussing your symptoms with you. He will also want to know of any pre-existing conditions that may contribute, as well as check for any other health issues that you may be unaware of. Dr. Cottrell will then want to do specific tests on your eyes. These tests include refraction, eye and focus coordination, and visual acuity. 

How is Computer Vision Treatable with Help from Your Optometrist

Computer vision is treatable. Dr. Cottrell can go over a treatment plan with you once a diagnosis is made. Glasses can be ordered that are designed to be used for computer use for people with normal vision. For patients who need glasses or contacts, there are prescriptions available for those who use computers for extended periods of time. 

There are also some things you can do at home to help reduce eye strain from long computer use. These include how your computer is set up, lighting where you will be working with your computer, and giving your eyes screen breaks. Make sure your monitor is 15-20 degrees lower than your eye level when you are 20-28 inches away from your computer. Use as much natural lighting as you can. Look away from your computer screen every 20 minutes. 

Please contact us if you have any questions. Don't forget to schedule your first consultation with us, which is free for new patients!

Contact Our Arvada Optometric Center in Arvada, CO!

Please make an appointment to get your vision treated as soon as possible. You can visit us at either Arvada Optometric Center in Arvada or Westminster. You can also call us at (303)-424-5282 to make an appointment.