Computer Vision Syndrome
Many people nowadays are spending hours every day staring at digital screens. From working at computers, to staring at smartphones, to playing games and watching TV, digital screens take up a significant portion of modern life. Have you ever wondered what effects this behavior is having on your long-term eye health? Luckily, Center Stage Optique in Chelsea and West village in NYC has some solutions.
What Causes Computer Vision Syndrome?
The latest buzz word around town is Blue Light. If you are unsure about the specifics, let us fill you in. Blue light is present in our world as part of the color spectrum and is the color with the shortest wavelength and the highest energy levels. As with most things, Blue light has both positive and negative side effects and is emitted through sunshine and computer/tablet screens.
According to Dr. Sheri Rowen, MD, FACS, of the Eyesafe Vision Health Advisory Board, the average adult spends almost 11 hours per day in front of a screen of some sort. This level of exposure to Blue light can be detrimental to your eye health.
Optometry specialists, such as Dr. Greg Freidus at Centre Stage Optique, are concerned about the difficulty our eyes have continuously focusing on a screen due to the glare, reflection, and lack of font contrast against the background. Six out of ten adults suffer from computer vision syndrome, also known as digital eye strain, after just 2 hours of screen time. Dry eyes and blurred vision are also common symptoms of computer vision syndrome. Long term effects of Blue Light can even increase a person's risk of developing age-related macular degeneration.
What Preventative Action Can You Take?
There are several things you can do to protect your eyes while watching your screen. Even if you don't wear glasses to correct your vision, we recommend wearing Blue Light filtering glasses while using a screen. If you wear contacts, these glasses can be worn in addition to those lenses.
Eye care and regular optometry examinations can determine if you suffer from Computer Vision Syndrome. If you live in New York City, come and visit us in the Chelsea, West Village area.