Computer Vision and Eye Fatigue on the Computer

Since our world has transitioned predominately to screens and even working on multiple large monitors at once, I have seen a shift in the symptoms of my patients. The chief complaints I hear most often are dryness, intermittently blurry vision, headaches, and eye strain while on the computer.

 

Why am I Having So Many Symptoms With All of My Computer Work?

There could be several factors contributing to computer vision problems. One of more of the following could be contributing to your discomfort:
Dry eye: we blink much less on the computer and as a result, our tear film becomes poor resulting in a combination of dryness, watering, foreign body sensation, a sandy or gritty feeling in the eyes and intermittent blur.
Increased focusing demand: when we look up close, we must engage our focusing system which in some people can cause eye strain and fatigue after long periods.
Blue light: there is a lot of evidence showing that the blue light emitted from phones and computers can cause eye strain in headaches in individuals who are susceptible to it.
Outdated glasses prescription: If your glasses are old, you may simply need an updated prescription or a separate prescription just for the computer to alleviate your symptoms.

What Can be Done?

• To combat computer vision-induced dry eye, take a 20-second break every 20 minutes while on the computer. During this break, take several full blinks to expel oil from your glands and onto your tear film. Additionally, keep good quality artificial tears by your computer and prophylactically instill them. My favorite artificial tear is Retaine MGD because it is formulated like your tears, contains a lipid and is preservative-free.
• If focusing issues are affecting you, this means that you may need a certain type of prescription while working at the computer. A pair of computer vision glasses, computer bifocals or a multifocal contact lens can alleviate eye strain.
• There are lens treatments that block out blue light to varying degrees. Therablue blocks out 80% blue light and has been a game-changer for our optician Brittany.
• If your glasses are very old or perhaps you’ve never worn glasses before, perhaps your eyes have changed and you need an updated prescription.

Remember, with computer vision problems, there are usually several of the above factors at play and therefore you may need a combination of treatments to get you comfortable at the computer. If you have concerns about your computer vision syndrome, we can customize a therapeutic approach to you at your appointment.

 

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A Little Bit About…

A Little Bit About…

Ashley Iketani-Castillo, OD, MS

Dr. Iketani is a Florida native who has a passion for managing ocular disease. She views each patient as a whole person and believes the eyes are a window to a patient’s systemic health. She also has a passion for fitting rigid lenses on patients with corneal disease to help them obtain their best vision.

Dr. Iketani graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry where she completed internships at the Hefner Veteren’s Affairs hospital in Charlotte, NC and The Metrolina Association for the Blind which focused on Low Vision rehabilitation. Prior to pursuing optometry, she obtained a Masters of Science which focused on developmental genetics and worked as a technician in a lab that researched breast cancer.

Dr. Iketani currently resides in Cincinnati where her husband is starting his pediatrician fellowship,with their two cats and baby boy.

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