Vision Solutions for a Digital Reality
Working at a computer for hours at a time is a normal part of our lives today. But, unfortunately, discomfort and eye problems can accompany all this screen time. Symptoms of digital eye strain, also known as computer vision syndrome, can crop up after as little as 2 hours of screen time.
Symptoms of digital eye strain include:
- Blurry vision
- Eye strain and discomfort
- Loss of focus
- Dry, scratchy eyes
- Neck and shoulder pain
Even if your symptoms are mild right now, they may worsen if they’re not addressed.
Please call us at Headwaters Optometry to book an eye exam and find relief.
Digital Eye Strain Assessment
In this exam, your optometrist will assess your symptoms and pre-existing conditions, plus consider any undiagnosed vision problems. Together, these details can allow us to diagnose computer vision syndrome.
This exam measures:
- Visual acuity: to determine the clarity of your current vision.
- Refraction: to determine the lens prescription that would optimize your vision while you’re using digital devices.
- Focus and eye coordination: to test how well your eyes work together and how quickly and accurately your eyes focus on objects at varying distances.
From these measurements, your optometrist can design a treatment plan to help relieve your symptoms.
Treatment for Digital Eye Strain
For those with otherwise normal vision, a set of specially designed glasses used while working on a computer can be very helpful.
For patients already wearing contacts or glasses, more computer-friendly prescriptions are available.
Book an eye exam with us today to talk about your options with your optometrist.
Workspace Changes to Relieve Eye Strain
Part of your optometrist’s recommendations for treating digital eye strain symptoms will likely include optimizing your workspace. These changes can include:
- Adjusting your monitor to be 15–20 degrees lower than eye level when you’re seated 20–28 inches from the screen.
- Reducing screen glare, either with an anti-glare screen or by adjusting the lighting in your workspace.
- Taking a break every 20 minutes to look into the distance about 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. Also, aim to take a 15-minute screen break after every 2 hours on your computer and blink often while you work.
Find Comfort at Work Again
With the right combination of vision care and self-care, you can minimize computer vision syndrome. Please contact us for an appointment today to find the right treatment plan for you.
Find us just off Broadway and John in the little white standalone building.
- 230 Broadway
- Orangeville, ON L9W 1K5
- Phone: (519) 941-3770
- Email: [email protected]
Hours of Operation
- Monday: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
- Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
- Wednesday: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
- Thursday: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
- Friday: 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM
- Saturday: Closed
- Sunday: Closed
We are closed from 1 PM to 2 PM from Monday to Thursday for Lunch.