Computer Related Issues
Computer use has been linked to a variety of visual symptoms including:
- Tired eyes
- Blurred vision
- Double vision
- Burning eyes
People of all ages may experience computer-related eye symptoms, or Computer Vision Syndrome. Glasses dedicated especially to computer use can be a great help in some cases.
As with anything in life, it is important to have the right tool for the job. In many cases, standard reading glasses or over-the-counter magnifying glasses are not accurate enough, because viewing a computer is usually at a different distance (18” – 28”) than normal reading distance (16” – 21”). Bifocals or progressive lenses are sometimes the best solution. Anti-reflective lenses and even a tint in the glasses can be part of the answer.
If your computer is challenging your eyes, bring this information to your eye examination:
- Sit at your computer in your usual position.
- Have a friend measure the distance from the bridge of your nose to the middle of your computer screen. Don’t take this measurement yourself—get a friend’s help!
- Also have your friend measure the distance from the bridge of your nose to the other areas at your desk that you look at frequently (for example: writing surface, desk surface, adding machine).
- Bring these measurements to your eye examination.