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Electronic Devices

     Computers, cellphones and the internet have given us the ability to communicate long distance instantly for the first time in history.  With the invention of smartphones, we now have the world at our fingertips.  Anything from watching full length movies to breaking news to catching up with your cousin half way around the world is possible with a device small enough to fit in your pocket.

     But just like with all new technology there are a few consequences.   Computer Vision Syndrome (or Digital Eye Strain) is group of symptoms that affect electronic device users.   As little as 2 hours a day can produce these symptoms.  Computer Vision Syndrome can lead to decreased productivity and decreased learning.  There is also a correlation that extended electronic device use can lead to an increase in myopia (nearsightedness).  School age children are especially at risk as they are most susceptible to prescription increases until age 20 when growing slows down.  

Symptoms Of Computer Vision Syndrome:

  • Eye strain during or after activity

  • Blurry Vision during or after activity

  • Dry Eyes

  • Headaches which are typically above eyebrow

Other Contributing Factors:

  • Incorrect glasses or reading prescription

  • Poor posture

  • Low ambient light

Treatments of Computer Vision Syndrome:

  • Prescription reading or computer glasses with anti-reflective coating to reduce glare and improve focus

  • Limiting use of electronic devices

  • Vision Therapy for patients with underlying eye-focusing or binocular insufficiencies.


After 20 minutes of screen use, look 20 feet away for 20 seconds

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