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At Westlake Hills Vision Center, our eye doctor in Austin, Texas is committed to your eye and vision health. In addition to routine preventative care, we also offer diagnosis, treatment, and management options for common eye conditions and diseases. If you spend a lot of time with technology, such as a computer screen, you could be at risk of developing computer vision syndrome (CVS). Fortunately, we can diagnose, treat, and even help prevent this condition in our office.
Specifically, computer vision syndrome occurs when the eyes are exposed to high levels of blue light, which most often comes from computer screens, tablet screens, smartphone screens, and the like. This condition is most common in those who work desk jobs and therefore spend a lot of time in front of these screens, though the effects can be more serious if you have other eye/vision problems, such as astigmatism or presbyopia.
Symptoms of computer vision syndrome can differ from one person to the next, though some of the most common signs include:
If you're experiencing any of these symptoms, it's a good idea to schedule an appointment with our eye doctor.
The good news is that if you do have computer vision syndrome, there are treatment options available. We'll begin with an eye evaluation here in our office, as well as an overview of your symptoms. Some of the tests we'll conduct to make an accurate diagnosis include focus/eye coordination testing as well as visual acuity tests.
If we do determine that computer vision syndrome is the likely cause of your symptoms, we will begin creating a customized plan for treatment that will suit your needs. There are many treatments that can be used to relieve your symptoms and prevent the condition from worsening. One common treatment we recommend is blue-light-blocking eyeglasses which are specialized lenses to protect and block your eyes from the blue light and can be worn while in front of the computer screen.
In addition to specialized glasses, basic changes to your workspace can help protect your eyes. For example, we can make recommendations for changes in your computer set-up and lighting. You can also start resting your eyes every 20 minutes while you're working by taking a 20-second break to refocus your eyes. This is a great way to protect your eyes and vision from computer vision symptoms.
If you're experiencing any signs of computer vision syndrome or are interested in scheduling an appointment with our eye doctor in Austin for any other reason, our team at Westlake Hills Vision Center is here to help. You can reach our office at 512-651-5186 to schedule your appointment or find out more about our practice.
New patients receive co-pay waiver upon first visit!
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