Computer Vision Specialist

C. Gene Wilkins, O.D. -  - Optometrist

C. Gene Wilkins, O.D.

Optometrist located in Los Alamitos, CA

Computer vision syndrome (CVS), also known as digital eye strain, is quite common in today’s society since people of all ages spend many hours a day staring at computer screens. At his optometry practice in Cypress, California, Dr. C. Gene Wilkins specializes in treating computer vision problems. If you experience regular eye discomfort or changes to your vision when looking at a screen, tablet, or smartphone, you could have computer vision syndrome. Call Dr. C. Gene Wilkins, Optometrist or use the online booking tool to schedule an exam and learn about ways to reduce eye problems from digital eye strain.

Computer Vision Q & A

What is computer vision syndrome?

Repetitive computer use for several hours a day can lead to computer vision syndrome (CVS) or digital eye strain. CVS describes a group of eye and vision-related problems that result from prolonged computer, tablet, and cell phone use. The level of eye discomfort and vision difficulties you experience with CVS often correlate to the amount of time you spend looking at a digital screen.

Viewing a computer or digital screen is different from reading a printed page. Often the letters on the computer or handheld device are not as precise or as sharply defined as they are in print. This adds to eye strain and symptoms of computer vision syndrome.

What symptoms will I experience with computer vision syndrome?

In addition to eyestrain, common symptoms of CVS often include:

  • Headaches
  • Blurred vision
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Dry eyes
  • Double vision

The longer you stare at a screen, the worse your symptoms get over time, too. And, screen glare, poor lighting conditions, or poor posture can make your computer vision problems worse.

How do you treat computer vision syndrome?

There are several things you can do to reduce the symptoms of CVS, including:

  • Blink often to keep your eyes from getting dry
  • Use the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, spend 20 seconds looking at least 20 feet away from your screen
  • Wear prescription computer glasses
  • Keep overhead bright lights to a minimum to reduce glare from your screen

Dr. Wilkins can help reduce eye problems from daily computer use with prescription glasses that not only ensure that you can see the screen clearly, but that also reduce glare from blue light technology. Computers, smartphones, and tablets all emit a significant amount of blue light. Your eyes are not well-equipped to block blue light from computer screens, and blue light contributes to digital eye strain.

Prescription eyeglasses that reduce glare from blue light minimize these particular lightwaves and therefore alleviate eye strain. In some cases you may also benefit from vision therapy, or visual training, so your eyes can function better without straining as much while you’re in front of a screen.

If you are bothered by the symptoms of computer vision syndrome and taking frequent breaks isn’t helping, you may need prescription computer glasses. Call the office to schedule your comprehensive eye exam, or use the online booking system to request a convenient time.