If you’ve discussed computer-related eye strain with your optometrist, you’re not alone. The prevalence of computers in daily life has made it so that people are increasingly experiencing screen-related vision complaints. If you experience abnormalities in your vision or other related symptoms, schedule an appointment with your optometrist to discuss the problem.
Your optometrist may have already told you that computer work has a different effect on your eyes than other kinds of work. A computer screen often has glare or poor lighting, which makes your eyes work harder. Sometimes, reading a document on a computer also requires the eyes to focus on poorly defined letters or endure extreme contrasts. If you work with computers regularly, your optometrist might recommend new glasses that can better adapt to these visual demands.
If computer work is adversely affecting your vision, you might experience symptoms like headaches and dry eyes. When you work on a computer, you don’t blink as often as you otherwise would. This causes your eyes to become dry and irritated. Staring at a computer screen also requires your eyes to refocus in an unnatural manner, which leads to blurry vision.
If you already have an outdated lens prescription, staring at a computer for hours every day can aggravate the situation. That’s why it’s important to see your optometrist for new glasses when needed. Poor workplace lighting and ergonomics might also contribute to computer eye strain.
Talk to your optometrist about ways to prevent eye problems. In addition to having regularly scheduled eye exams to keep your prescription updated, you can also benefit from reminding yourself to blink more often. About every 20 minutes, look away from the screen and focus your eyes on an object about 20 feet away to give your eyes a rest.
If your eyes feel fatigued from computer work, you might need new glasses. Visit 10/10 Optics today to update your prescription. Call our New York City practice at (888) 508-4018 to schedule an appointment with an optometrist.
It’s easy to take your eyes for granted until you notice a problem with your vision. Fortunately, healthy lifestyle measures can prevent eye problems. Remember to schedule regular eye exams to keep your prescription up-to-date and screen your eyes for potential problems. If you’re a healthy adult under the age of 50, schedule an eye exam every two years. Older adults should see an optometrist annually.
For more tips on safeguarding your vision, watch this video. You’ll learn about the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids for your eyes, in addition to what you should look for when purchasing sunglasses.
Schedule your eye exam today with the optometrists of 10/10 Optics in New York City. Contact us at (888) 508-4018 or visit our website to learn more about our services.