How to Deal With Computer Eye Strain

Do you spend long amounts of time in front of a computer screen? Have you started to notice weakened vision or other complications? Are your eyes dry and red after a day of working away at the computer? Many of us spend a good chunk of our days in front of the screen, whether for work or for leisure, not realizing the extent of damage we could be doing to our vision.

At A+ Vision Optometry, located in Ladera Ranch, California, Dr. Monique Nguyen can offer you a range of solutions to relieve eye strain, so you can get back to using your computer with ease!

Symptoms of computer eye strain

Eye strain that comes from long-term computer use isn’t dangerous, per se, but it’s not pleasant either. At best, it can be a nuisance. At worst, it can force you to have to step away from your screen for relief, which is not ideal if you depend on your computer for work. It’s not just laptops that cause eye strain, either. You may notice the same symptoms when using your smartphone, e-reader, or other electronic devices.

Some symptoms of computer-related eye strain include headaches, neck or shoulder pain, dry eyes, and blurred vision.

How computer eye strain is treated

Depending on the amount of time you spend on the computer, Dr. Nguyen may recommend changing your glasses prescription. This is because reading on a screen is different from reading books, or other printed text. Your eyes have to work harder than normal when you read on a screen.

Dr. Nguyen may also recommend rearranging your desk or changing up the lighting in the area where you do your work. These changes may seem small but can go a long way toward reducing eye strain—not to mention improving your posture. You may also find it helpful to use an anti-glare screen or blue light filter. These devices reduce eye strain by reducing the glare that comes from your screen.

After conducting an assessment of your eye health and your family medical history, Dr. Nguyen can work with you to find the ideal solution that will allow you to continue working or playing on your computer.

Learn more about correcting computer eye strain

If you’re concerned about the effect of your computer screen on your eye health, you can reach Dr. Nguyen by calling 949-364-4455 for a consultation. We look forward to hearing from you.

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