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Computer Eye Strain

Scott S Weissman, MD -  - Ophthalmologist

Scott S Weissman, MD

Ophthalmologist located in Midtown East, New York, NY

If you find yourself sitting in front of a computer screen for several hours every day, you might notice that you’re having vision problems that are starting to interfere with your life. At his office in Midtown East, Manhattan, expert ophthalmologist Scott S. Weissman, MD, offers comprehensive diagnostic services to determine if computer eye strain is affecting your eye health. Schedule an appointment at his New York City office online or by phone to learn more about treatments for computer eye strain.

Computer Eye Strain Q & A

What is computer eye strain?

Computer eye strain can cause vision problems. It’s usually the result of sitting for long periods staring at a computer screen. Computer eye strain can show up even if you’ve never had eye or vision problems.

What are the symptoms of computer eye strain?

Symptoms of computer eye strain can be mild at first, but over time, these issues can worsen and interfere with your ability to see clearly. Common symptoms include:

  • Blurry vision
  • Headaches
  • Dry eyes
  • Itching or scratching sensations

You can also experience persistent pain in your neck or shoulders.

How is computer eye strain diagnosed?

If you’re noticing changes in your vision, schedule a consultation with Dr. Weissman immediately so that he can make an early diagnosis. Untreated vision issues can get worse and cause other problems, including vision loss.

To determine if computer eye strain is affecting your vision, Dr. Weissman discusses your computer use, including things like:

  • How long you spend on the computer
  • Your posture
  • Screen brightness
  • Monitor angle

Dr. Weissman also reviews your medical history to see if underlying medical or vision problems are causing your symptoms.

How is computer eye strain treated?

To get an accurate diagnosis, Dr. Weissman conducts an eye exam and measures the quality of your vision. He might also do a refraction test to see if you need a prescription for glasses or contacts, or if changes need to be made to your current corrective lenses.

Special glasses that block eye-straining blue light emitted by computer screens are also available. They cut down on glare and eye strain, even if you don’t need corrective lenses.

Dr. Weissman creates a custom treatment plan to prevent eye strain and the development of additional vision problems while using your computer. He can recommend exercises to ease your eye strain, for example.

He can also give you tips on adjusting your computer monitor’s angle and suggest protective accessories like anti-glare screens and natural light sources.

Besides these protective measures, Dr. Weissman will also recommend that while you work, you blink at least every couple of minutes to prevent eye strain.

To protect your eyes against computer eye strain, call Scott S. Weissman, MD, or schedule an appointment online today.