Optic Topic

Woman working on a laptop computer

Optic Topic by Steven A. Queenan at Regional Eye Optical – Week of May 27, 2021

According to a survey by The Vision Council, nearly two-thirds of U.S. adults who routinely use computers and digital devices reported having symptoms of “digital eye strain.” Symptoms of computer vision syndrome (as it is also known) include:

  • Eye fatigue and discomfort
  • Dry eyes
  • Headaches
  • Blurred vision
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Eye twitching
  • Red eyes

Under the age of 40, eye strain or blurred vision during computer work, may be due to an inability of the eyes to remain accurately focused on the screen. For those over age 40, the problem may be due to the onset of “presbyopia” (age-related loss of near-focusing ability). Each can be corrected with “computer glasses” that optimize eyesight for viewing computer screens.

Computer screens usually are positioned 20-26 inches from the user’s eyes, which is considered the “intermediate” zone of vision. It is closer than driving (“distance“) vision but farther away than reading (“near“) vision.

There are a number of companies that make computer glasses. To learn more, please call 320-587-6309. We are located just inside Regional Eye Center at 1455 Montreal Street, SE in Hutchinson, MN. Our business hours are:

Mon. & Thurs. 8:00am – 7:30pm
Tues. & Wed. 8:00am – 5:30pm
Fri. 8:00am – 1:00pm
Sat. Closed