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Posted on 01-29-2019

Computer Vision Syndrome/Digital Eye Strain

Computer vision syndrome (CVS), or digital eye strain, is a relatively new, yet pervasive issue in our society today thanks to the near-constant presence of our smartphones and other hand-held devices. CVS as a term refers to a group of problems that all appear to be associated with excessive time spent looking at screens. These symptoms, such as poor posture, reduced blinking, and evaporation of tears, can cause significant inflammation, discomfort and damage to the front of our eyes.  Here at Winchester Optical in Winchester, MA, we’ve helped many patients who came through our doors with these issues.

 

Signs and Symptoms of CVS and ocular surface disease

Dr. Deering will work with you to narrow down the causes of your discomfort, which can include blepharitis, ocular surface disease or meibomian gland dysfunction.  Some common signs and symptoms associated with these conditions include a feeling of tiredness in the eyes, blurred vision, burning, watering, and redness.  In our optometry office, we test for inflammation of the tears, use dyes to look for damage, and inspect the eyelids for proper functioning to determine the underlying problem.  Sometimes simply giving yourself time, frequent breaks away from screens might alleviate your symptoms, but in other cases, a more comprehensive treatment plan is needed.

Optometric Treatment for CVS and ocular surface disease

If you have symptoms of computer vision syndrome, schedule an eye exam at Winchester Optical today. Our optometrist, Dr. Joe Deering, can rule out more serious problems and then work with you to improve your comfort in front of the computer. To make an appointment, call us at (781) 729-4553.

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