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Computer Vision

Prevent Computer Vision Syndrome with Help from Our Optometrist in Mesa and Scottsdale

Most of us can't go a whole day without being on a computer or a smartphone. When you can't avoid using digital devices, it's important to be aware of how these devices can affect your vision and eye health. Our Mesa and Scottsdale, AZ eye care team explains.

Understanding Computer Vision Syndrome

Computer vision syndrome is a collection of temporary signs and symptoms that occur after prolonged computer use. There are several reasons why computers and other types of digital screens can be hard on the eyes, including:

  • High contrast
  • Glare from ambient light
  • Decreased blinking while using computers
  • Prolonged staring at images at the same distance
  • Poor posture
  • Frequent visual scanning
  • Blue light from digital devices (blue light is a higher-energy form of light that can deeply penetrate the eyes)

Computer vision syndrome is considered a temporary condition, not a specific disease. However, we are still learning more about the long-term effects of excessive computer use. So far, it's believed that excessive computer use and increased exposure to blue light can disrupt your sleep and possibly increase your risk of future health problems like cataracts.

Common Signs and Symptoms of Computer Vision

You might be suffering from computer vision syndrome if you notice the following signs and symptoms after using a computer:

  • Tired eyes
  • Itchy, dry, or red eyes
  • Blurry vision
  • Headaches, neck pain, or arm pain

Uncorrected vision problems can make computer vision syndrome even worse. If you're suffering, talk to a doctor of optometry. Our Scottsdale and Mesa eye doctor team can prescribe updated corrective eyewear with blue light blocking technology and teach you simple strategies to avoid recurring discomfort to reduce your computer vision syndrome symptoms.

Are You Protected from Computer Vision?

Computer vision can disrupt your professional and personal life. To schedule an appointment with our Scottsdale or Mesa optometrist and protect yourself from computer vision syndrome, contact Riviera Opticare, Inc. today and schedule an eye exam.


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