Treating Computer Vision Syndrome

People who are diagnosed with Computer Vision Syndrome have a multitude of treatment options available to them. In some cases, they may find it beneficial to wear prescription glasses specifically while using the computer, even if they do not usually wear glasses. For those who already wear prescription glasses, an optometrist may suggest alternate lenses that are better suited for computer use. Such lenses may have special tints or coatings. According to the American Optometric Association, vision therapy can also help alleviate any issues that cannot be corrected through glasses. This type of therapy trains the eyes and brain to work as a team and helps correct problems with eye movement and focusing.

Other ways to treat Computer Vision Syndrome are targeted at optimizing a person’s environment and behaviors. The AOA suggests positioning the computer screen 4 or 5 inches below eye level and 20 to 28 inches from the eyes. If you frequently use supporting documents in your work, it is suggested that the materials be located somewhere that does not require your head to move to view it. This could be in between the keyboard and monitor, or on a document holder next to the screen. To avoid excessive glare from your screen, lower the wattage of nearby lamps and cover windows with blinds. You should also adjust your seat so your feet rest on the floor and your wrists are not touching the keyboard. Finally, when using the computer for long stretches of time, take frequent breaks to rest your eyes. At a minimum, you should allow your eyes to refocus every 20 minutes and take a break every two hours. You should also make a concentrated effort to blink often – this keeps your eyes moist.

It is important to have regular comprehensive eye examinations to treat any vision issues, including those that result from computer use. If you haven’t had one recently, schedule an appointment with an optometrist on your True Care Advantage plan today.

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