Does Your Computer Affect Your Vision?

If you’re like most Americans, your everyday activities include reading, working, browsing the internet, and playing games on your computer several hours each day. Unfortunately, this constant focus on a computer screen could come at the expense of your vision. As your eye doctor will attest, your computer may be negatively affecting your vision:

You Feel Drowsy After a Short Period of Computer Use

  • For many adults who grew up using paper documents to correspond, read, and work, making the switch to widespread computer use can cause focusing problems, which lead to drowsiness and fatigue. To counter these symptoms, adults should take frequent pauses every 20 minutes to look away from the screen and focus on an object approximately 20 feet away, giving their eyes a deserved break.

You Develop Headaches and Double Vision

  • If you begin experiencing headaches, sore eyes, or double vision, it’s possible that you’ve developed Computer Vision Syndrome. This syndrome can eventually lead to hyperopia, myopia, dry eyes, and astigmatism. Your laser vision correction physician can help you determine any underlying conditions that may be exacerbating your computer-related eyestrain before discussing treatment options.

Your Office’s Ergonomics Lead to Eyestrain

  • One of the most common causes of computer-related vision problems is faulty ergonomics. If you work on a computer frequently, make sure it is placed directly in front of your line of sight and is lit from above in a manner that reduces glare. After adjusting your position to accommodate your sight, discuss the possible necessity for prescription eyewear and corrective treatments with your LASIK surgeon.

The skilled surgeons here at Boston Laser have helped thousands of Boston-area clients improve their vision. From Computer Vision Syndrome to Coats’ disease, any number of vision problems can be evaluated and treated by our professional team. To find out how we could help you regain your sight, call us today at (617) 566-0062.