Computer Vision

Jenny Choi, OD -  - Optometrist

See 20/20 Optometry

Jenny Choi, OD

Optometrist located in Santa Ana, CA

Do you find yourself squinting at a computer, tablet, or mobile screen for hours at a time like millions of Americans? At See 20/20 Optometry in Santa Ana, California, Dr. Jenny Choi helps address eye problems associated with this activity, including blurry vision, eye strain, and discomfort. Dr. Choi can design a personalized treatment plan to help relieve your symptoms that may include specially designed corrective lenses and lifestyle modifications. If your vision suffers from too much screen time, call or schedule an appointment online today.

Computer Vision Q & A

What is computer vision?

Computer vision, or computer vision syndrome, is a collection of eye and vision-related problems that prolonged computer use can cause. This common condition isn’t going away anytime soon, because the average US worker spends seven hours a day on the computer.

Using a tablet, e-reader, and cell phone for prolonged periods of time can cause similar issues. The level of discomfort with computer vision may increase with the amount of digital screen use.

What are the common signs and symptoms of computer vision?

Here are some of the most common signs and symptoms of computer vision:

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

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

What causes the effects of computer vision?

Staring at a computer screen, as well as the glare and reflection from these and other digital screens, negatively affects your eyes and makes your eyes work harder, leading to overstraining.

The severity of your computer vision symptoms depends on factors including how long you stare at the computer, your posture, the lighting, the angle of the monitor, and any underlying vision problems.

If you already suffer from astigmatism, farsightedness, aging eyes, diabetic eye problems, or other eye issues, your computer vision symptoms are likely to worsen even if you already wear prescription contact lenses or glasses. Most regular eyeglasses and contact lenses aren’t designed to negate the problems computer screens inflict on your eyes.

How is computer vision treated?

Dr. Choi discusses your symptoms, underlying conditions, and evaluates you for any undiagnosed conditions as she performs the following eye tests:

Visual Acuity Test

This test measures the quality of your current vision.

Refraction Test

This test determines the potential lens prescriptions that would optimize your vision.

Focus and Eye Coordination Test

This assesses how well your eyes work together and how quickly and accurately your eyes can focus on objects at varying distances.

Based on the test results, Dr. Choi designs a personalized treatment plan to relieve your symptoms. If you have no other eye issues, a set of specially-designed glasses worn while working on the computer can help.

If you already wear contact lenses or glasses, newer computer-friendly prescriptions are available. Dr. Choi may suggest limiting computer eye strain problems by adjusting your computer monitor or lighting and taking regular eye rest breaks.

With a combination of proper optometry care and self-care, you can minimize computer vision syndrome and other modern-day vision problems. To learn more, call or schedule an in-office consultation today.