Carolyn LoBocchiaro, O.D. Optometric Physician
Diplomate, American Board of Optometry

New Jersey’s Trusted Optometric Physician
“There’s More to an Eye Exam Than Just Reading the Chart.”

Digital Eye Strain Evaluation

What Is Computer Vision Syndrome?

This is a group of vision-related problems that result from prolonged computer, tablet, e-reader, and cell phone use. Many individuals experience eye discomfort and vision problems when viewing digital screens for extended periods.

When a patient views the computer, oftentimes, the working distance is different from that at which he or she reads a book. If the patient is not wearing a prescription that takes this into account, he or she may experience symptoms such as:

  • Eye Fatigue
  • Overall Tiredness
  • Headaches
  • Blurred Vision
  • Dry or Watery Eyes
  • Neck and Shoulder Pain
  • Decreased Productivity at Work or School

If computer vision syndrome is the result of the eyes not working efficiently as a team, it is often best treated with vision therapy. A comprehensive eye exam is essential in making the proper diagnosis and determining the most effective treatment.

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