ASHBURN, Va., March 1, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Thanks to the demands of desk jobs and our increasingly digital existence, computer vision syndrome is on the rise, according to OptimEYES. Squinting at a computer, tablet or mobile screen for extended periods can damage vision. Even individuals who do not currently have vision problems may experience vision issues following two or more hours of computer use. Symptoms of computer vision syndrome include blurry vision, eyestrain and discomfort, headaches, and dry and scratchy eyes. Early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent additional vision problems, according to the Doctors of Optometry at the Ashburn, Virginia-based OptimEYES.
Individuals who squint or experience blurry vision after looking at the computer for extended periods may be suffering from computer vision syndrome and benefit from specially designed computer glasses or Anti-Fatigue glasses. That's the message Ashburn optometrist Dr. Seema Mohanan from OptimEYES is sharing in an effort to raise awareness about the importance of treating computer vision syndrome.
"Even individuals with great vision can struggle with vision impairments after an extended period of time using the computer or mobile devices," said Dr. Mohanan. "Computer vision syndrome can affect anyone. Without prompt treatment, vision can begin to deteriorate. Additionally, for individuals who already suffer from astigmatism, farsightedness, or aging eyes, computer vision symptoms may worsen those existing vision issues."
Dr. Mohanan is encouraging individuals with the symptoms of computer vision to seek prompt diagnosis and treatment.
Three tests may be used to diagnose computer vision syndrome. These tests include a visual acuity test to measure the quality of current vision and a refraction test that measures how potential prescription lenses could optimize your vision. Finally, patients may have a focus and eye coordination test that evaluates how the eyes work together and how quickly the eyes are able to focus on objects at varying distances.
Based on these test results, an optometrist will design a treatment plan to address the specific vision concerns. Treatment options include specially designed Anti-Fatigue glasses for individuals with normal vision and upgraded contacts or glasses for individuals who already wear prescription lenses.
"For patients who already wear contacts or glasses, new, computer-friendly "Anti-Fatigue" prescriptions may be able to make a difference," said Dr. Mohanan. "For individuals with normal vision, computer glasses can make a difference and eliminate eye strain."
Individuals are often exposed to numerous computers on a daily basis due to their surrounding environment. As a result, there is a direct correlation between the severity of eyestrain and the length of time a person looks at a computer screen. Computer glasses were created to help alleviate the strain of an individual's eyes while carrying out their daily routines. In addition to reducing eyestrain, computer glasses also minimize the risk of blurred vision.
Simple environmental changes may also help, said Dr. Mohanan. For example, adjusting the monitor so that it is 15 to 20 degrees lower than eye level can help relieve eye fatigue. Every 20 minutes, Dr. Mohanan recommends looking away from the computer screen to gives eyes a rest. Minimizing glare and repositioning lighting also helps.
"A combination of proper optometry and self-care will minimize computer eye syndrome related vision problems," said Dr. Mohanan. "Patients are often surprised by how easy treatment can be and the difference it makes."
To learn more about computer vision syndrome and treatment, visit http://optimeyesod.com/.
CONTACT: OptimEYES, 215-840-2521Source: OptimEYES