Computer Eye Strain

Roy Hyman, OD

Optometry located in Louisville, KY

Since many adults work in front of a computer each day or stare at a smartphone daily, computer eye strain is a common problem. If you’re one of the nearly 60% of men and women who experience computer eye strain — also called computer vision syndrome, or digital eye strain — Roy Hyman, OD, an experienced optometrist in Louisville, Kentucky, can help you get relief. You can experience computer eye strain at any age, so it’s a good idea to schedule an appointment for every member of your family. Call the office or book online today.

Computer Eye Strain Q & A

What is computer eye strain?

Computer eye strain or computer vision syndrome (CVS) sometimes happens when you stare at a computer, tablet, or phone screen for several hours each day. If you work in front of a computer, your eyes have to continually focus and refocus as you look at the screen, then down at your desk, around the room, then back to your screen again. Your brain tries to quickly process the images you see at different distances as fast as your eyes focus and refocus. 

This continuous effort of your eye muscles can strain your eyes. As you age, the lenses in your eyes become less flexible than they were in your younger years, making it even more of a challenge to adapt to changing points of focus. 

What are the symptoms of computer eye strain?

You may not realize you are experiencing computer eye strain, even when you have symptoms. But, if any of the following symptoms continue or worsen, it could be a sign of computer vision syndrome:

  • Dry, red eyes
  • Blurry vision
  • Double vision
  • Frequent headaches
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Eyestrain 

In addition to staring at a screen for several hours a day, computer vision syndrome symptoms may be compounded by:

  • Glare from your computer screen
  • Poor posture
  • Improper computer viewing height or distance
  • Poor lighting
  • Existing or uncorrected vision problems

In many cases, computer eye strain is the result of a combination of numerous factors.  

How does an optometrist treat the symptoms of computer eye strain?

Your treatment for computer eye strain depends on your symptoms and any other vision problems you may have. If you adjust the height of your chair, computer screen, and lighting in the room, but you don’t get relief from eye strain and other symptoms, you may benefit from an eye exam. 

Your symptoms may improve when you take frequent breaks from your screen throughout the day. However, if you need glasses, Dr. Hyman can prescribe lenses that correct your vision. 

During your eye exam, he determines if you need glasses to see the screen more clearly. Your eye exam also indicates if you’re having trouble focusing your eyes at various distances. Computer glasses to reduce glare from your screen, if that is a problem, may also be helpful. The team at Roy Hyman, OD, customizes a vision treatment plan based on your individual needs so you can get relief. 

Call today to schedule a comprehensive eye exam for computer eye strain, or request a convenient appointment time online.