OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla., Oct. 11, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Our nation’s smartphone obsession is partially to blame for the rise in computer vision syndrome, says Oklahoma City eye doctor Dr. Chris Boaldin. Also known as digital eye strain, computer vision syndrome describes a group of eye and vision-related problems that are caused by the prolonged use of computers, smartphones, tablets, e-readers and other digital screen devices. Eyestrain, headaches, blurred vision and dry eyes are common; poor lighting, screen glare, poor seating posture, and improper viewing distances can exacerbate these symptoms. Treatment includes posture adjustments, improved lighting, anti-glare screens, rest breaks and blinking.
Oklahoma City eye doctor Dr. Chris Boaldin is cautioning patients about the dangers of computer vision syndrome problems and the importance of prompt treatment for this condition.
“Squinting at smartphone screens and computers is a normal part of our lives these days,” said Dr. Boaldin. “Unfortunately, these activities can also cause serious eye strain and can worsen other vision problems, too. Even if symptoms appear mild at first, they can worsen over time without proactive intervention and care. Computer vision syndrome can also worsen existing vision problems.”
Symptoms of computer vision problems include blurry vision, eyestrain and discomfort, headaches, and dry and scratchy eyes. Neck, shoulder, upper back strain are also common, says Dr. Boaldin, since patients may crane their necks forward to view the screen, straining the cervical spine.
Posture, lighting, glare and even the angle of the monitor can impact computer vision problems. For individuals suffering from astigmatism, nearsightedness, farsightedness, presbyopia, or other eye problems, computer vision can worsen these conditions, warns Dr. Boaldin.
“I always urge patients not to ignore any vision discomfort,” said Dr. Boaldin. “Simple postural changes can significantly reduce computer vision syndrome symptoms and help prevent the development of additional vision problems.”
Dr. Boaldin uses three different tests to measure eye health and performance. A visual acuity test measures the quality of current vision; refraction tests measure which lens prescriptions would optimize vision; and eye focus/coordination tests measure how well eyes work together.
Treatment may include a new prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses to reduce vision strain. The Oklahoma eye doctor says that vision therapy may also be effective for some patients.
“Vision therapy trains the eyes to work together more efficiently,” said Dr. Boaldin. “Eye exercises help to remediate deficiencies in eye movement, focus and teaming. This reinforces the eye-brain coordination.”
Dr. Boaldin says he also recommend postural corrections to help alleviate vision strain.
“Simple changes like adjusting chair height and lighting position, using anti-glare screens, and instituting rest breaks can go a long way to reducing eye strain,” said Dr. Boaldin.
Boaldin Eye Care provides comprehensive Oklahoma City eye care including routine eye exams, contacts and prescription eyeglasses, and eye disease diagnosis and management. For more information, visit http://boaldineyecare.com/ or call (405) 767-2020.
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