Computer Vision Services from Our Eye Doctor in Leawood, KS
A digital world filled with computers and other devices has redefined how Americans exchange information. One unfortunate byproduct of hours spend gazing at screens is eyestrain and a disorder called computer vision syndrome (CVS). As many as 9 of every 10 individuals who use computer screens show signs of this condition, according to our Leawood eye doctor. Our optometrist offers expert CVS advice to patients who visit our Vision Professionals of Leawood practice.
What is Computer Vision Syndrome?
The eyestrain associated with CVS is the result of spending hours peering at the screens of digital devices. Our eye doctor suggests that when symptoms of this disorder occur almost every day, they amount to a medical issue.
Individuals with the greatest risk for CVS are those who use a digital device continuously for a minimum of two hours every day. Use of devices such as computers, cell phone, e-readers, and tablets causes the eyes to work harder than they do when reading a printed page. This is due to:
- Difficult viewing linked to glare
- Wearing regular eyeglasses unsuited to necessary body posture
- Magnification of existing vision issues by onscreen viewing
- Different distances and angles from those in non-screen viewing
- Imprecise appearance of letters on a digital device
Prolonged use could eventually lead to some of these symptoms:
- Blurred vision, even after moving away from a digital screen
- Red, dry and/or itchy eyes
- Eye irritation
- Neck or back pain
- Double vision
Eyestrain Prevention and Treatment
A combination of professional services and self-care is necessary to relieve the eyestrain linked to computer vision syndrome. Once our Vision Professionals of Leawood optometrist has completed an exam, he generates a customized treatment plan to help the patient alter his environment to either prevent CVS or relieve its symptoms.
Our eye doctor offers these tips for healthy eyes:
- Adjusting the position of a computer monitor
- Adding a side document holder and an anti-glare screen
- Adjusting screen contrast and brightness
- Taking a 15-minute break after 2 hours of work
- Using the correct seating posture
- Looking 20 feet away from a screen for 20 seconds for every 20 minutes worked
- Closing drapes and moving lamps to prevent light from striking a monitor
Schedule an Exam with Our Leawood Eye Doctor
To avoid eyestrain and other CVS symptoms, make sure to get regular vision exams from our Vision Professionals of Leawood practice. We want to help by providing a full menu of optometric services for your entire family. Call us today at (913) 239-9446 to schedule your next exam with our Leawood eye doctor, raise any questions you might have, and enjoy the best vision possible.