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Do you use a computer or smartphone every day? Most of us do! At Lehigh Valley Eye Care Associates, our Allentown optometrist staff wants all our patients to be aware of computer vision syndrome (CVS). This syndrome can affect people of all ages, so learning how to avoid it is essential for protecting eyesight at any stage of life.
Computer vision syndrome is a type of eye strain caused by the chronic and repetitive use of digital devices. There are several reasons why computer vision syndrome develops:
It's been estimated that as many as 50 to 90% of people who use computers experience symptoms of CVS at some point. These include:
While CVS symptoms are temporary, repeated strain on the eyes can lead to things like fine lines, wrinkles, and decreased job productivity/satisfaction. Plus, repeated exposure to high energy blue light from digital devices may damage the retinas and increase your risk for certain eye conditions, including macular degeneration, cataracts, and general vision loss. Our Allentown optometrist staff has several suggestions for protecting your eyes during your computer use:
If you live in the Allentown area and are experiencing computer vision symptoms, contact Lehigh Valley Eye Care Associates today at (610) 432-3258. We can set up an appointment for you with a doctor of optometry so that your eyes will be safe throughout all your digital use!