Have you ever wondered what effect using a computer all day might have on your vision? Many people are putting extreme stress on their eyes by staring at a computer screen for hours on end at work and at home. But with all these advances in computer technology, it seems like our eyes just can’t keep up sometimes! Many people come to see Utah eye doctor, Dr. Albrecht at Eye Town, suffering from what is known as Computer Vision Syndrome. This temporary eye condition occurs from focusing on a computer display for long, uninterrupted periods of time, resulting in symptoms like headaches, blurred vision, eye redness, eye fatigue, eye strain, dry eyes, double vision, eye focusing problems, and/or eye irritation. For some, these symptoms can be alleviated simply by taking periodic breaks and rehydrating the eyes with medicated eye drops. But for others, they may need special computer lenses, which allow for more comfortable focusing of the computer screen. Special tints and anti-glare coatings on lenses can also prevent eye fatigue.
In addition to Computer Vision Syndrome, Dr. Albrecht treats many adults whose close-up vision has changed. Around the age of forty, it is entirely natural to experience a gradual inability to focus on close objects, as well as rapidly change focus from varying distances. This age-related eye condition is called presbyopia and can often be confused with Computer Vision Syndrome, which has similar symptoms. Your eye’s focusing system involves a muscle that controls the tension on fibers attached to the lens inside the eye. When these muscles contract, the shape of the lens changes, thus changing its focusing power. Starting at the age of forty, the ability to focus becomes reduced, particularly at close up distances. Presbyopia can be detected by your Utah family optometrist, Dr. Albrecht and corrected with bifocals or reading glasses, which offer low prescriptions for improving close-up vision.
For more information regarding eye strain, eye fatigue, and blurred vision, be sure to visit Eye Town of Utah, the premier optometry clinic serving both Cedar City and Beaver!