Save Your Vision with These Tips from Your Ophthalmologist

March 12, 2015

Vision health is an often-overlooked aspect of our modern lives. Many people put incredible strain on their eyes without considering the long-term effects. Yaldo Eye Center wants all people to take care of their eyes.

Save Your Vision 2015 is focused on the eye-care needs of the 21st Century. They are trying to raise awareness of how digital technology impacts users’ eyes.

The doctors at Yaldo Eye Center have listed several eye health tips below!

  • There are no shortcuts. While there are mobile apps and electronic tests online that claim to offer comprehensive eye exams, they have not replaced the traditional visit to an optometrist’s office. See your doctor once yearly to get a full exam.
  • Follow the 20-20-20 Rule. Yaldo Eye Center recommends that users take a 20-second break every 20 minutes to look at something three-dimensional at least 20 feet away. This easy principle takes discipline, which makes it an important habit for children to develop because they are using digital devices more every year.
  • Be careful shopping online. Consumers believe that shopping for eyeglasses online is a way to save money. Yaldo Eye Center wants to raise awareness of the hidden costs and dangers of online eyewear shopping. Arm yourself with knowledge and avoid paying for eyewear that could be hurting your vision.

 Learn about Computer Vision Syndrome

Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS), also known as Digital Eye Strain, is a group of eye and vision problems that are associated with extensive use of computers, cell phones, e-readers and tablets. The following symptoms are commonly associated with CVS:

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

Evidence indicates that the severity of these symptoms is often dependent upon pre-existing vision abilities and the time spent looking at digital screens. Some may experience symptoms of greater severity or variety if they have uncorrected vision problems like astigmatism, farsightedness, or poor eye coordination.

Older individuals may experience greater difficulty in viewing screens due to age-related changes of the eye like  presbyopia. Some other causes of CVS symptoms are:

  • Glare on a digital screen
  • Poor seating posture
  • Poor lighting
  • Improper viewing distances

What Causes CVS?

Computer and digital screens make eyes work harder. Looking at a screen is different than looking at print on paper. Lettering on screens may not be sharply defined, causing users to struggle to read it.

Excessive visual demands on an individual, requiring eyes to perform tasks that take the greatest effort to focus, will cause CVS. Those at greatest risk of the syndrome are those who spend two or more hours in front of a screen every day.

At Yaldo Eye Center we encourage people to take the time to consider the health of their eyes. Everyone uses their eyes for many tasks, so make sure they will last a lifetime.

Please do not hesitate to call us if you have any questions regarding LASIK surgery at (800) 398-3937.

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