On average, American’s spend more than 11 hours a day using electronic devices. Computers, tablets, and phones have become indispensable in our day-to-day lives – making the demands on our vision even greater.
Watch as Dr. Jordyn King, optometrist with BayCare Clinic Eye Specialists in Manitowoc as she discusses Computer Vision Syndrome and what we can do to treat and manage the condition.
“Computer Vision Syndrome is kind of a newer thing for people- just based on the advances in technology in the last 20 years,” she says. “American workers are spending about 7 or 8 hours a day on computers at work. Because of this it’s very straining on our eyes. We end up with eye fatigue and eye strain at the end of the day.”
Approximately 85 percent of people will experience some symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome after using technology, she says.
According to Dr. King. Computer reading and device reading isn’t a natural action for most people and traditional glasses aren’t designed for working or reading on a computer for long periods of time.
“Our eyes naturally turn inward and downward when we’re reading things up close,” she says.
That’s why traditional bi-focal lenses are designed with the bi-focal lens near the bottom.
When we’re working on a computer the screen is usually more in front and higher than the traditional reading position, which can lead to eye fatigue, headaches or even neck and shoulder pain, she says.
In the video, Dr. King discusses other signs and symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome, other causes for our symptoms and how a visit to your eye doctor can help.