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What is Computer Vision Syndrome? 

Do you work at a computer all day? If so, then you may be suffering from computer vision syndrome. Learn more about this condition and how we at Eye Care Of Virginia can relieve your eye strain. 

Computer vision syndrome or CVS is a special type of eye strain that occurs when you spend an extended period of time using a computer, tablet, or smartphone. This syndrome causes discomfort, but usually goes away on its own after several hours.

Causes of CVS include: 

  • Lighting in the room where you are using the digital device
  • Your posture and distance from the screen 
  • The angle of your head while working 
  • The glare on the screen 
  • Pre-existing vision problems you may have 

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What are the Symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome? 

If you have one or more of the following symptoms, you may have computer vision syndrome:

  • Dry Eyes
  • Blurred Vision
  • Eye Strain 
  • Headaches
  • Neck Pain
  • Shoulder Pain 

If working at a computer causes these symptoms, we recommend that you make an appointment with our optometrist in Culpeper, Virginia. We can examine your eyes. By testing how your eyes track and respond to objects set at "computer distance" we can diagnose you with Computer Vision Syndrome. 

These symptoms may indicate another eye condition, such as the need for vision correction. Or they could indicate postural problems or poor overhead lighting in the work space. You should not assume that one of these symptoms means a definitive CVS diagnosis. 

By uncovering what factor or combination of factors is responsible for your eye strain, we can help you relieve your pain and feel better on a daily basis. When you are not suffering headaches, neck and shoulder pain, or dry eyes, you will be able to focus better while you are at work. 

How Dr. Miles Press in Culpeper Virginia Can Treat CVS 

Let our Culpeper Eye Doctor Miles Press examine your eyes. If our examination suggests that you are disposed to computer vision syndrome, we can help you by offering lifestyle tips to relieve eye strain. Incorporate our suggestions to reduce your discomfort.

If you wear contact lenses and they are drying out as a result of CVS, we can fit you for different lenses that will not dry out. We recommend lenses that have MoistureSeal technology, which is designed to prevent lens dehydration caused by infrequent blinking. 

We can also demonstrate ergonomic tips to reduce eye strain. By positioning both your seat and the computer screen so you are comfortable when working, you can reduce the strain on your eyes. By taking breaks from looking at the screen, just as you take breaks to shift position, you will give your eyes a break. 

Have you ever experience blurred vision, dry eyes, or neck and shoulder strain after working at a computer? If so, please contact us at Eye Care Of Virginia at (540) 825-3937 or through our online scheduler. We can make sure your eyes are healthy, improving your quality of life.