Computer Vision Syndrome

Caring for your eyes is an essential part of your overall health. If you have vision problems or a condition that places your eyesight at risk, you need to find a skilled optometrist. If you live in the Charlotte area, we invite you to visit us at Eye Care Center - Ballantyne, where our staff is ready to provide eye care services for you and your family.

Computer Vision Syndrome

The Challenge of Computer Vision Syndrome

Today’s need for increased computer services often finds people challenged by eye problems caused by prolonged screen time. When we use a computer, we tend to “lock” our eyes on the screen, especially when the words engross us. This is sometimes called Computer Vision Syndrome. Symptoms include headaches, blurred vision, dry eyes, and neck and shoulder pain.

Although it is not initially dangerous, over time, it can lead to decreased visual ability and increased eye discomfort. The steady buildup of tension, caused by increased eye strain, places an increased burden on our eyes over time. Computer users must make deliberate efforts to relieve these symptoms and preserve their vision.

Find Relief for Computer Vision Syndrome

According to the Glaucoma Research Institute, to relieve the symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome, you should take a break after 20 minutes of looking at your computer screen. The break should consist of 20 seconds of looking at something at least 20 feet away. (This is sometimes referred to as the “20/20/20 Rule”.) People who use computers do less blinking, yet if you deliberately blink more frequently, you will lubricate your eyes and prevent dry eyes.

Before spending time on the computer, adjust the height of the screen and the brightness to suit your comfort and visual abilities. Use a font and text size that maximize your visual comfort. If you have been prescribed eyeglasses, use them whenever you are reading.

Call Us Today for an Appointment

Do your best to prevent Computer Vision Syndrome by using healthy screen habits such as the 20/20/20 Rule. Nevertheless, if you face visual challenges, care for yourself by seeing an eye doctor near you. Residents in and around Charlotte are encouraged to make an appointment with our team at Eye Care Center - Ballantyne. Call us for an appointment today and see how much better you can see.

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