Computer Vision Syndrome Specialist

West Vision

Jacob West, OD

Optometrist located in Tyler, TX

Computer vision syndrome is a problem that’s ever-growing in the digital age. Fortunately, there are effective treatments available at West Vision in Tyler, Texas. Dr. Jacob West, helps patients from the Tyler, Noonday, New Hope, Antioch, and Walnut Grove areas, including those from Athens, Canton, Lindale, Palestine, Flint, Bullard, Winnsboro, Brownsboro, Chandler, Arp, Mineola, Quitman, Van, and Ben Wheeler, with computer vision syndrome and many other eye problems. If constant screen time is taking a toll on your eyes, use the online appointment tool or call the West Vision office to arrange a visit with Dr. Jacob West now.

Computer Vision Syndrome Q & A

How do I know if I have computer vision syndrome?

While Dr. West makes the diagnosis, you may suspect computer vision syndrome if you notice problems such as:

  • Dry eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • A feeling of graininess in your eyes
  • Eye inflammation
  • Eye itchiness
  • Headaches
  • Eye pain
  • Neck pain
  • Contact lenses drying out often

Most computer vision syndrome sufferers have multiple symptoms at once. Your symptoms may not be continuous, but they're likely to return every time that you spend a prolonged period in front of a screen.

Am I at risk for computer vision syndrome?

If you spend a significant part of your day (or night) in front of a computer, tablet, or other screens, you're at risk for developing computer vision syndrome. While it’s not common, even phone use alone can cause computer vision syndrome if you spend enough time on your phone.

Even children can get computer vision syndrome today. If your child's screen time is significant every day, watch them closely for computer vision syndrome symptoms.

If you're wearing the wrong prescription in eyeglasses or contact lenses, you're more likely to develop computer vision syndrome. Wrong prescriptions — whether underpowered or overpowered — mean that you strain your eyes more than usual, and this contributes significantly to computer vision syndrome.

What's the treatment for computer vision syndrome?

If you have computer vision syndrome, Dr. West will usually begin with a comprehensive eye exam to see if you're wearing the right prescription. With a prescription change, many patients get relief quite quickly.

If your symptoms include eye irritation and dryness, Dr. West may prescribe artificial tears along with more frequent eye rest.

Part of the treatment will be up to you. If you can cut back on your screen time, it can help. Even if you can't cut back, you can make a few simple changes including:

  • Keep a distance of at least 20 inches between your eyes and the screen
  • Take short screen breaks to focus your eyes elsewhere
  • Turn screen brightness down as much as possible

Do you have symptoms of computer vision syndrome? Don't wait until it gets even worse. Book online now or call West Vision to arrange your appointment.