Learn about Computer Vision with These FAQs
Digital devices like computers and smartphones have such an important and central role in modern life. However, it's important to be aware of the potential health complications they can lead to, including computer vision syndrome. Our Chelsea and West Village eye doctor team is here to help you learn more about computer vision by answering some frequently asked questions.
What Is Computer Vision?
Computer vision syndrome, sometimes called digital eye strain, is a collection of temporary symptoms that occur during and after prolonged computer use. These symptoms can occur because of the way we use computers, as well as characteristics of the computers themselves.
For example, computers give off a lot of blue light, which is high energy visible light that can deeply penetrate the eyes and interact with retinal tissue. People also tend to blink infrequently while using a computer, which can disrupt the healthy tear film covering the eyes. Poor body mechanics, poor lighting, and glare are also common elements that can increase the risk of computer vision. If a person has uncorrected vision problems, this can worsen their digital eye strain.
What Are Signs and Symptoms of Computer Vision?
Signs and symptoms of computer vision include:
- The feeling of fatigued or sore eyes
- Blurry vision
- Dry eyes
- Pain and stiffness in the neck and shoulders
It's been estimated that up to 90 percent of computer users will experience computer vision syndrome. These symptoms are usually temporary, but if left unaddressed, improper computer use habits may increase the risk of issues like cataracts or age-related macular degeneration.
How Can I Protect Myself from Computer Vision?
Just because you use a computer or smartphone every day doesn't mean you're doomed to struggle with computer vision. Here are the top eye safety tips from our Chelsea and West Village optometry team:
- Take a computer break every 20 minutes by looking at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
- Blink more when you're on your computer (try posting a written reminder near your desk).
- Improve your posture and workspace ergonomics (e.g., put your monitor one arm's distance away from you at eye level, improve ambient lighting, or adjust computer contrast to be less stressful on the eyes).
- Schedule regular eye exams with an optometrist to ensure underlying vision problems are addressed and that your prescription eyewear is up-to-date. Ask us about blue-light blocking lenses and technology!
Are You Computer Vision Savvy?
Protect your eyes from computer vision. Contact Center Stage Optique at (212) 933-1895 to schedule an appointment with an experienced New York optometrist today!