Computer Vision Syndrome, or Digital Eye Strain, is becoming a prevalent issue. It describes a group of eye and vision-related problems that result from use of computers, tablets, e-readers, and cell phones for extended periods of time.
Symptoms commonly associated with it include eye strain, headaches, blurred vision, dry eyes, and neck and shoulder pain.
Individuals who spend 2 or more continuous hours on a digital screen device are at greatest risk.
With technological advancement increasing efficiency in the workforce and schools, many individuals are required to use multiple digital devices. However, digital screens have unique characteristics that result in higher visual demands, making the eyes work harder.
Visual symptoms develop with increased screen time. Sometimes, many of these symptoms are only temporary and are relieved when not using the digital device.
However, some individuals may experience prolonged visual discomfort, even blurriness at far distances.
Uncorrected vision problems like farsightedness and astigmatism, inadequate eye focusing or eye coordination abilities, and aging changes of the eyes (presbyopia) can be contributing factors and are detected at the comprehensive eye exam.
Oftentimes, eyeglasses and contact lenses prescribed for general use may not be adequate for the specific viewing distance of the computer. Computer glasses with blue light protection are recommended.