The Dangers of Blue Light
Are you worried that too much computer, laptop, or mobile phone screen time is making your eyesight worse? Our optometrist at NewVision Eyecare in Sammamish has the information you need. There is no scientific evidence that exposure to blue light from phones, tablets, or computers causes damage to your eyes. However, you may feel discomfort from digital eye strain or CVS (computer vision syndrome) due to looking at your screen. Nearly two-thirds of adults suffer from CVS or digital eye strain on occasion. That’s no surprise when you consider that the average worker can spend as much as seven hours in front of a computer, and that doesn't count the mobile minutes or at-home use.
Optometrists regularly see the symptoms associated with digital eye strain or computer vision syndrome, which can manifest themselves in various ways:
Poor lighting, glare on the screen, vision problems, and overuse can contribute to these problems. Many of these symptoms are temporary and can be alleviated by taking a break from using computer screens.
As many as 65% of Americans experience digital eye strain symptoms. It’s not just adults. Children use computers at school and at home. Prolonged use can stress children’s eyes and affect normal vision development. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, our optometrist at NewVision Eyecare can help diagnose your condition.
The best way to diagnose problems is to undergo a comprehensive eye exam to determine the best course of eye care. Visual acuity measurements can assess whether your vision has been affected. A test used in optometry called refraction can determine whether glasses or special lenses can help. In addition, an eye exam may uncover other more serious conditions that might otherwise go undetected.
Dr. Kerry Moscovitz and the staff at NewVision Eyecare in Sammamish can help with all your optometry and eye care needs. Call us at (425) 392-2196.