Computer Vision Treatment

man rubbing eyesSquinting at computer, tablet, or mobile screens for hours at a time is a normal part of our lives in the 21st century. Unfortunately, eye problems associated with this activity are also on the rise. Even if you have never had eye problems before, you may have noticed computer vision syndrome symptoms after two or more hours of screen time.

Signs include:

  • Blurry vision
  • Eye strain and discomfort
  • Headaches
  • Dry, scratchy eyes
  • Neck and/or shoulder pain

Even if your symptoms are mild, they can worsen and cause other vision problems if not addressed. Our optometrists can help.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Computer Vision Syndrome

The severity and length of computer vision syndrome symptoms depends on how long you stare at the computer, your posture, lighting, glare, the angle of the monitor, and whether or not you have other diagnosed or undiagnosed vision problems. If you already suffer from astigmatism, farsightedness, presbyopia, aging eyes, and/or diabetic eye problems, your computer vision symptoms may worsen. This can even be the case if you already have prescription contacts or glasses. Many regular eyeglasses and contact lenses are not designed to deflect the problems caused by computer screens.

We will take your symptoms, pre-existing conditions, and potential undiagnosed conditions into account as he performs the following eye tests:

  • Visual acuity—Measures the quality of your current vision.
  • Refraction—Tests the potential lens prescriptions that would optimize your vision.
  • Focus and Eye Coordination—Tests how well your eyes work together and how quickly and accurately your eyes are able to focus on objects and varying distances.

From these measurements, we can design a treatment plan to help relieve your symptoms. For people with otherwise normal eyes and vision, a set of specially-designed glasses used during the time you are working on the computer can be very helpful. For patients already wearing contacts or glasses, new, more computer-friendly prescriptions are available. In addition to these treatment options, there are many things we can suggest to cut down on computer eye strain problems:

  • Computer setup—Adjust your monitor so that it is about 15-20 degrees lower than your eye level when seated between 20-28 inches away from the screen. Reference materials can be placed on a document holder between the monitor and keyboard, or to the side, but positioned for as little head movement as possible. Also invest in an anti-glare screen for your monitor to help reduce glare from surrounding lights. Be sure to sit and work with proper posture.
  • Adjust Lighting—If you can, reposition any lighting (or your computer) to minimize glare and use natural lighting whenever possible.
  • Eye Rest and Blinking Breaks—Every 20 minutes during your work, look away toward a distant point for 20 seconds to refocus your eyes, and give them a 15-minute break after each 2-hour computer session. Also remember to blink more frequently to keep your eyes moist.

With a combination of the proper optometry care and self-care, you can minimize computer eye syndrome and other modern-day vision problems. Contact us for an appointment today.

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What Our Patients Say About Us

  • Staff are always friendly & helpful. Always felt welcome as soon as you walk in the door. Never had to wait more than a few minutes to be seen. Doctor very knowledgeable & took time to listen to all concerns & questions. Never felt rushed. Would totally recommend!

    - Diane N.
  • Friendly, prompt and great attention to detail. Love this eye doctor!

    - Beth S.
  • Dirk Graves is hands down the best doctor I’ve had the privilege of knowing. He treats his patients as real people and works diligently to ensure all of his patients are well taken care of, even beyond their vision health. He is a rare mix of incredibly knowledgeable and wonderful bedside manner. Turn nowhere else for your eye needs.

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  • I truly enjoy every visit to this office. The whole staff is kind, funny, professional, and they know just about patient by name. Wonderful experience everytime I go.

    - Jessica F.
  • Dr. Graves and his staff are simply amazing. They make you feel welcome, from the front door, to the eye exam, and even purchasing frames and contacts. Dr. Graves has a way of making children feel at ease also, because my 10 year old and nervous 17 year old love him. We have been with this practice for around 12 years. Superb care, great advice and a comfortable environment. Oh, and the front desk working with your insurance is awesome! So friendly and helpful, even when dealing with insurance!

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  • Dr. Morris is excellent. He is very professional and friendly. He adjusted my contact lenses so that with them in I can see well both at a distance and close up. He knew exactly what to do to fix the issues I was having. I would highly recommend him.

    - Kathy K.
  • Great place, everyone is friendly and helpful. Always on time and very easy to work with. Very knowledgable and helpful with contacts.

    - Steve B.
  • Very nice facility, friendly folks, good service.

    - Kristen A.
  • Today was my first visit to Family Vision. It was awesome, everyone was super nice. I will definitely go back and highly recommend.

    - David W.

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Clemson Location

Monday

8:30 am - 5:30 pm

Tuesday

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Wednesday

8:30 am - 5:30 pm

Thursday

8:30 am - 5:30 pm

Friday

8:30 am - 5:30 pm

Saturday

Closed

Sunday

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Clemson Location

Monday
8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday
8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday
8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Thursday
8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Friday
8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
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Location

518 College Avenue, Suite 200 Clemson, SC, 29631, US