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With everything going digital nowadays, it looks like almost everyone had their eyes glued into screens- from computer screens to your smartphone to video games. The highly experienced Las Cruces ophthalmologists at the Fillmore Eye Clinic are committed to provide you with comprehensive and quality eye care to help you avoid the damaging effects of computer eye-strain.

Read on below for a detailed guide on everything there is to know about computer eye-strain.

Computer Eye-Strain: What is It?
The average human blinks around 18 times a minute. However, recent developments in technology which calls for the use of screens has revealed that humans now blink as twice as it used to be. Apart from staring at screens for a long time, eye strain could also result from extensive reading and writing.

The Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) is the term given to a group of vision problems associated with prolonged computer use. This condition could be recognized as the tired and strained feeling you get at the end of a day spent in front of your computer screen. CVS is thought to affect 60 to 90 percent of people working in an office setting.

The following signs and symptoms are associated with computer eye-strain:

  • frequent headaches
  • blurry or double vision
  • frequent squinting
  • itchy, watery or burning sensation in your eyes
  • sensitivity to glare
  • distorted color perception

What You Can Do
The best possible way to avoid computer eye strain is through periodic breaks from your work. Stretch, stand and look into the distance every 15 minutes or so. You can also do the following:

  1. Reposition your computer by making sure that it’s approximately an arm’s length away from you. It should be positioned directly into your face and not off to either of your sides. Ideally, the center of the monitor should be 4 to 8 inches below your eye level, allowing your neck to relax while you type away.
  2. Go for high-resolution display on your monitor, with a dot pitch of .28 or lower. The higher the resolution, the sharper and crisp your images.
  3. Minimize reflections and glare by positioning your screen perpendicular to the window. You can also tilt or lower the blinds or draw the curtains if needed.
  4. Try raising or lowering your chair frequently.
  5. Use screen filters if needed.
  6. You can use a warm washcloth to soothe tired and dry eyes.
  7. Always take off your contact lenses before sleeping.
  8. You might also want to consider specially designed computer glasses.

At the Fillmore Eye Clinic, we provide state-of-the-art eye care complemented with highly experienced doctors and a warm, comfortable atmosphere. We offer a variety of quality ophthalmological services, ranging from surgery to vision therapies. Call us today for a personal consultation at 1-800-323-4764 or fill out this contact form.

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