Protect Yourself Against Computer Vision With Our Reading, PA, Optometry Team
The average teenager spends six and a half hours per day in front of a screen! Even adults are logging more daily screen time than ever. At Dr. Lisa M. McDevitt, our optometry team urges families to be aware of a major hazard caused by this increased use of computers, televisions, tablets, and smartphones. This hazard is called computer vision and there are ways to avoid it, including eye care from an eye doctor.
A Modern Health Concern: Computer Vision (Plus Top Signs and Symptoms)
Computer vision is a temporary condition caused by prolonged use of digital devices. Being on a smartphone or computer for a long time can stress the eyes and lead to uncomfortable signs and symptoms like:
- Eye fatigue
- Blurry vision
- Dry eyes
- Neck, back, and shoulder pain
Why Does Computer Vision Happen?
Computer vision happens because of the way we use digital devices. We scan, stare, focus, and re-focus on the screen, sometimes for hours at a time. Our eyes are exposed to bright contrast and blue light, which deeply penetrates and over time damages the eyes. We often sit with poor posture and low lighting while using our devices.
Up to 90 percent of computer users experience computer vision. While temporary, the condition can impair productivity and lead to physical discomfort and mental strain. Plus, doctors are still learning about the cumulative effects of digital technology on eye health. It is already known, for example, that excessive exposure to blue light is linked to an increased risk of chronic problems like cataracts.
The good news is many causes of computer vision are preventable. Here are some things you can do to protect your eyes:
- Take breaks away from your screen regularly, at least once per half hour.
- Consciously blink more while using digital devices to refresh the moisturizing tear film over your eyes
- Adjust contrast on your screen and improve lighting to reduce glare
- Keep your device about an arm's distance away from you
How Our Reading, PA, Eye Doctor Can Help You Avoid Computer Vision
In addition to the above strategies, our Mentor eye doctor, Dr. Lisa M. McDevitt can also help you minimize your risk of computer vision. He can diagnose and correct underlying vision problems which may make computer vision worse. He can also prescribe blue light lenses that prevent blue light from entering your eyes.
Call Dr. Lisa M. McDevitt for Eye Care Today
If you spend hours a day on a computer or smartphone, be sure your eyes are protected with help from our Reading, PA, optometrist team at Dr. Lisa M. McDevitt. Call (610) 796-1300 today to schedule an eye exam and find out about our exciting line of eyewear with blue-light-blocking features! Our optometrist is here to help.