Computer Vision Treatment from Our Optometrist in Fair Lawn, NJ

Computers and other digital devices are now an important part of every day.  Hours spent staring at screens can result in a disorder known as computer vision syndrome (CVS).  Our doctor of optometry notes that up to 90 percent of those who work in front of a computer screen suffers from some of its symptoms.  Our optometrist is experienced at diagnosing and treating this problem among patients who visit our Resident Eye Care Associates practice in Fair Lawn.

What is Computer Vision Syndrome?

Computer vision syndrome affects both adults and children.  It is a group of vision-related problems resulting from the extended use of computers, tablets, e-readers, and cell phones.

All of these digital devices have screens that cause eyes to work harder than when reading a printed page.  This is why:

  • Letters that appear on the device are often not so precise.
  • Glare makes viewing difficult.
  • Viewing angles and distances differ from non-screen reading.
  • Onscreen viewing can magnify existing vision problems.
  • Regular glasses cannot accommodate the required body posture.

Those at greatest risk for CVS are individuals who continuously use a computer or digital screen for at least two hours daily.  Continual CVS eyestrain can result in these symptoms:

  • Blurry vision
  • Back or neck pain
  • Eyes that are red and dry
  • Double vision
  • Headaches
  • Irritated eyes

If symptoms remain untreated, they could affect more than the eyes.  Significant issues with performance at work might develop.

Treatment Options from Our Optometry Practice

Relieving the eyestrain CVS causes requires a combination of professional eye care services and patient self-care.  A diagnosis is the result of a comprehensive exam by our doctor of optometry and results in a customized treatment plan.

Our optometrist might prescribe specialty glasses to wear while using a digital screen.  For patients already wearing corrective lenses, a change in prescription could be appropriate.  We also offer a number of tips for healthy eyes, such as:

  • Altering a computer set up to change the monitor position, adding an anti-glare screen plus a side document holder, and adjusting brightness and contrast
  • Taking breaks and blinking every 20 seconds for every 20 minutes worked, plus a 15-minute break after working for two hours
  • Adjusting room lighting for glare
  • Maintaining the right seating posture

Schedule an Exam with Our Fair Lawn Optometrist

Computer vision syndrome is just one of a number of conditions our Fair Lawn doctors of optometry diagnose and treat.  Regular eye exams are the key to protecting your vision.  Our Resident Eye Care Associates practice offers full-service optometric care, including emergency treatment.  Be sure to contact us today at (201) 797-2747 to schedule an appointment for your next exam.