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Computer Vision in Sweet Home, Oregon

Squinting 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 optometrist, Dr. Stoner, 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.

Dr. Stoner 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.

Focus & Eye Coordination

Tests how your eyes work together and focus on objects at varying distances.


Tests the potential lens prescriptions that would optimize your vision.

From these measurements, Dr. Stoner 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 15° to 20° lower than your eye level and between 20" to 28" inches away from you. Position reference materials between the monitor and keyboard or to the side for as little head movement as possible. Anti-glare screens can help reduce glare from surrounding lights. Be sure to maintain a proper posture.

Eye Rest & 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.

Adjust Lighting

If you can, reposition any lighting (or your computer) to minimize glare and use natural lighting whenever possible.

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

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