Visual Eye Fatigue Problems

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Visual Eye Fatigue Problems

Visual eye fatigue can be a real problem for people. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 100 million people in the U.S. spend over 50% of their workday at the computer. 60% of people experience symptoms of visual fatigue but only less than 5% of Americans today wear eyewear to relieve visual problems at the computer. When you spend more than 2 hours on a computer each day you experience symptoms of computer vision syndrome (CVS). The most common symptoms include headaches, focusing difficulties, burning eyes, tired eyes, general eyestrain, aching eyes, dry eyes, double vision, blurred vision, light sensitivity and neck and shoulder pain. Even people who do not have an Rx suffer from symptoms. Many people try to compensate for their blurred vision by leaning forward or by tipping their head to look through the bottom portion of their glasses.

Computer lenses are a modified type of progressive lens that works best for presbyopic computer users. They have three zones of vision. The center is the largest and focuses the computer distance. If the chin is raised slightly and reading material is pulled closer, there is a comfortable power at the bottom for smaller print. If the head is dropped and the patient looks out through the top, the lens focuses out to about 10 feet, for instances like someone standing in your office doorway. They are not intended for an everyday use or driving because they do not have a true distance focus in the lens. Even office lighting accounts for up to 30% of CVS symptoms. Your workstation should be set up so the monitor is directly in front of you to relive body strain and about 20-26 inches away. Your arms should be parallel to the floor when you type so you may need to raise or lower your chair. Simple steps and the right lens will help.

Should you have any questions or wonder if computer lenses may be the right solution for you, please stop by any of the optical departments at D’Ambrosio Eye Care and speak with one of our licensed opticians. Feel free to schedule an eye examination at D’Ambrosio Eye Care by calling us at 800-325-3937, visiting D’Ambrosio Eye Care or so that we can help identify the possible causes and recommend an appropriate treatment plan.

Reference sources:  All About Vision, MD Support, Essilor, Shamir, 20/20 Magazine

If you or someone you know suffers from eyestrain symptoms, they are encouraged to contact D'Ambrosio Eye Care. D'Ambrosio Eye Care is staffed by a team of Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, Opticians, technical and administrative staff who provide eye examinations for adults and children, cataract surgery and intraocular lens implants (IOL), laser vision correction such as LASIK, diagnosis and treatment of cornea disease including cornea transplants, care for diseases of the retina including diabetes and age related macular degeneration and diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma as well as contact lenses, eyeglasses, eyewear and optical services.

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