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Computer Vision Relief from Your Eye Doctors in Iowa City, IA

Do your eyes feel uncomfortable two hours working on a computer?  Do you experience headaches after staring at a screen?  You might be suffering from computer vision syndrome.  Fortunately, our eye doctors in Iowa City can offer options to bring you relief.

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Symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome

Sitting in front of a computer screen for extended periods can cause a number of computer vision issues, even without any prior vision problems.

The most common symptoms include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Discomfort and eye strain
  • Headache
  • Eyes that feel dry and scratchy
  • Shoulder and/or neck pain

Unfortunately, symptoms that are initially mild can progress and eventually result in other vision issues.  Our doctors of optometry can help you get relief.

How severe your symptoms are and how long they persist depend upon a number of factors:

  • The length of time you stare at a computer
  • Posture
  • Lighting
  • Glare
  • Monitor angle
  • Any existing vision problems

In patients who have farsightedness, aging eyes, astigmatism, presbyopia, and/or eye problems related to diabetes, symptoms caused by computer vision syndrome could worsen.  This is true even for those already wearing prescription glasses or contact lenses.

Diagnosis and Treatment from Our Eye Doctors in Iowa City

The first step toward relief from a computer vision problem is a comprehensive exam from one of our eye doctors in Iowa City.  This includes a discussion of your health history, current symptoms, and any pre-existing issues.  Our optometrist performs these assessments to check for undiagnosed vision conditions:

Visual acuity tests evaluate the quality of current vision.

Refraction assesses possible prescriptions that could provide optimal vision.

Focus and eye coordination tests show our doctor of optometry how well a patient’s eyes can work together and how accurately they focus at various distances.

Based on the results of the exam, our optometrist will create a customized treatment plan to help relieve computer vision syndrome and to give you the best possible vision.  For patients with no other vision problems, a special set of glasses solely for computer use often helps.  Individuals who already have prescription eyewear can often get relief from a new prescription better designed to accommodate computer use.

Our eye doctors will also discuss in greater detail the following changes:

  • Altering the arrangement of the computer, the monitor, and reference material in a workspace; adding an anti-glare monitor screen; and using correct posture
  • Adjusting lighting to reduce glare and take optimal advantage of natural light
  • Scheduling specific breaks to blink and rest your eyes

Schedule an Appointment with Our Optometrist to Get Computer Vision Relief Today!

When was your last eye exam?   Our eye doctors in Iowa City will help you get relief from computer vision syndrome and make sure that you receive state-of-the-art, compassionate eye care.  Schedule an exam today with one of our optometrists, Matthew Houck and Annette Nickel, to protect your vision.  Call us at 319-337-4995 to make an appointment.

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