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Posted on 10-09-2017

What is Computer Vision Syndrome? From Your Shreveport Ophthalmologists

More people get computer jobs each year, spending hours each day staring at a computer screen. That can cause a real strain on the eyes, and can often result in a group of symptoms known a computer vision syndrome. At Shreveport Eye Clinic we see a wide variety of patients each month who are suffering from eye strain from computers, and our ophthalmologists in Shreveport have a number of ways to prevent and treat this problem. 

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Ophthalmologists in Shreveport LA Discuss Computer Vision Syndrome

The longer you sit in front of a computer, the more likely you are to develop computer vision syndrome or CVS. It's caused by a combination of glare on the monitor screen, damage from blue light rays, and the posture you have while sitting at your desk. Longer stretches of time at work make the problem worse. Your symptoms can vary, but some of the more common ones our ophthalmologists in Shreveport LA see are:

  • Double vision
  • Blurred eyesight
  • Eye irritation
  • Back and neck pain
  • Dry or red eyes

Avoiding Eye Problems from Computers

If your job consists of sitting at a computer all day, you're not doomed to suffering from CVS for the rest of your life. With some proper planning and the right lifestyle changes, you can eliminate most of the danger of computer vision syndrome.

Begin with your work environment. Position your monitor where light doesn't glare on the screen. Move the lamps in the room, or close blinds or drapes. Move the monitor so that the center of the screen is directly ahead, and about 24 inches in front of your face. 

During your workday follow the 20/20/20 rule which is every 20 minutes, look away from your work for 20 seconds and stare at something at least 20 feet away. Focus out a window, across the hall, or at some other distant object. Get up and walk around for half a minute, if need be.

If your eyes continue to be dry and scratchy, keep a bottle of artificial tears around. They'll help to lubricate your eyeballs, relieving some of the annoying scratchy feelings.

Looking for Computer Vision Syndrome Treatment in Shreveport?

It can be frightening to have a long list of symptoms connected to the one thing that defines your livelihood, but you don't have to continue to suffer from computer-related symptoms. The dedicated team in our optometry clinic in Shreveport have answers to your problems. Call our office today to make an appointment, and you can be working symptom-free in very little time. Contact us at 318-861-4009.

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