Computer Vision Specialist

Specs Appeal

Optometry located in St. George, UT & Mesquite, NV

With so many people using computers and other electronics, there’s been a significant increase in vision problems and eye discomfort relating to computer vision syndrome. Chad Waggoner, OD, and Reed Gibb, OD, offer comprehensive eye exams and other resources at Specs Appeal to protect you from unnecessary digital eye strain and prevent long-term complications. To schedule a computer vision syndrome screening, call the office in St. George, Utah, today or book an appointment online.

Computer Vision Q & A

What is computer vision syndrome?

Computer vision syndrome is a side effect of excessive digital screen use. When you spend too much time in front of a computer or smartphone screen, your eyes have to work harder than they do reading from a printed page. The glare from the screen can also make reading more difficult. 

Even if you wear glasses or contacts, you may still have trouble seeing digital screens accurately. If you have undiagnosed refractive errors, like astigmatism or nearsightedness (myopia), your risk for digital-related eye strain increases.  

What are the symptoms of computer vision syndrome?

Common symptoms of computer vision syndrome include:

  • Eye strain
  • Dry eyes
  • Headaches
  • Neck and shoulder pain

If you have untreated refractive errors, you may also notice that your vision is blurry or distorted when you’re looking at digital screens or other objects. 

Dr. Waggoner and Dr. Gibb offer comprehensive eye exams to determine if your symptoms relate to computer vision syndrome or another eye disorder. They can also treat dry eyes and other digital eye strain side effects to protect your long-term vision and eye health. 

How is computer vision syndrome treated?

The goals of treating computer vision syndrome are to relieve your eye discomfort and protect your vision from further strain caused by additional digital screen use. 

Dr. Gibb and Dr. Waggoneer can recommend protective lens coatings for your eyeglasses that block the glare of digital screens. If you don’t wear prescription glasses, they may suggest getting special glasses for viewing digital screens. You can also place screens over your computer screen to further reduce glare. 

If you have dry eyes, you may need over-the-counter or prescription eye drops to improve the moisture levels in your eyes. 

The providers can also provide guidance for reducing eye strain when you’re working, such as taking frequent breaks from the screen. Every 20 minutes, you should make a point to look at something 20 feet away from you before returning your eyes to the screen. 

If you have symptoms of computer vision syndrome, schedule a comprehensive eye exam by calling the Specs Appeal office nearest to you today or by booking a consultation online.