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Our Ophthalmologists at Eye Doctors of Arizona in Phoenix, AZ can diagnose and treat your Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) to help alleviate your digital eye strain symptoms.
Computer Vision Syndrome is a form of eye strain. It is caused by staring at digital screens, including computer monitors, laptops and cell phones, for an extended period of time. While this most commonly occurs in adults, it can also happen in children who frequently use tablets, laptops and cell phones.
Computer monitors and digital screens emit blue light, which is known for its short wavelengths and high energy. The human eye, unfortunately, has little protection against blue light. This results in the blue penetrating to the back of the eye.
Blue light also does not focus well within the eye. This can lead to your eyes constantly having to refocus in order to view the text on the screen. Therefore, it is very important to take care of your eyes while using electronic devices. This includes taking frequent breaks and having your symptoms evaluated if you experience signs of digital eye strain.
CVS can have a variety of symptoms, and those symptoms can come and go, depending on your computer usage.
Our ophthalmologist can diagnose your Computer Vision Syndrome and recommend ways to alleviate your symptoms. It starts with a comprehensive eye exam and a history of your symptoms. Our eye doctor will also want to know if anything makes your CVS symptoms better or worse. Once we have a diagnosis, we can recommend a treatment plan.
The treatment for your computer vision syndrome will depend on your visual acuity, the environment where you most use digital devices and your posture.
If you have visual acuity problems, including nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism or presbyopia, our ophthalmologist in Phoenix will write you a prescription for glasses and/or contact lenses. We can also prescribe a pair of computer glasses with or without a prescription to help stop blue light from penetrating your eyes.
CVS symptoms can be more severe for individuals who have tracking, teaming and focusing problems. If our eye doctor suspects any of these causes, vision therapy may be the answer.
If your computer monitor has a glare problem, you will want to move the monitor away from any windows and/or use a glare screen.
If your workstation or desk isn’t ergonomically friendly, our ophthalmologist will recommend making modifications to your work space so that it creates less stress on your eyes and your body. If you frequently look down to view your tablet, laptop our eye phone, our eye doctor may recommend holding your devices higher in order to help improve your posture.
To schedule an eye exam with our ophthalmologist at Eye Doctors of Arizona, call us today at 602-257-8280. We have two locations in Phoenix to serve you.