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Is Computer Vision Causing Your Headaches?

Computer vision syndrome is a result of the constant focusing and refocusing of the eyes on the screen, as well as the blue light emitted by electronic devices. The high-energy blue light can penetrate deep into the eye and cause damage to the retina, leading to a variety of visual discomforts.


Common Causes of Computer Vision

Headaches are a common symptom of computer vision-related issues. There are several potential causes for these headaches:

  • Eye strain: Prolonged periods of screen time can cause the eye muscles to become fatigued, leading to eye strain. This strain can radiate to the temples and result in tension headaches.
  • Blue light exposure: The blue light emitted by electronic devices can disrupt the body's natural sleep-wake cycle and cause headaches, particularly when exposed to screens for long periods, especially in low-light environments.
  • Screen glare: Glare from screens, especially when working in bright environments or under improper lighting conditions, can strain the eyes and lead to headaches.


Symptoms of Computer Vision

Some common symptoms of computer vision include:

  • Tension headaches: These headaches usually present as a dull, constant ache that can be felt on both sides of the head, often starting at the temples or the back of the head.
  • Migraine-like headaches: Some individuals may experience migraines triggered by prolonged screen use. These headaches are usually accompanied by other symptoms such as light sensitivity, nausea, and throbbing pain.
  • Eye pain: Headaches caused by computer vision problems can also be accompanied by eye pain or discomfort, such as a burning or gritty sensation.
  • Blurred Vision: Prolonged screen time can cause temporary blurred vision, making it difficult to focus on objects in the distance.
  • Dry Eyes: Staring at screens can reduce the frequency of blinking, leading to dry, irritated eyes.
  • Neck and Shoulder Pain: Poor posture and positioning while using digital devices can cause discomfort in the neck and shoulders.
  • Difficulty in Shifting Focus: After extended periods of screen use, some individuals may experience difficulty when trying to shift focus to objects at a distance.
  • Sensitivity to Light: Some people may become more sensitive to light, particularly harsh or bright lighting, after prolonged screen exposure.


When to See an Optometrist for Computer Vision-Related Headaches

There are instances when it is important to seek professional help from an optometrist. You should consider scheduling an appointment if:

  • Headaches persist or worsen: If your headaches persist despite implementing strategies to reduce eye strain, it is advisable to consult with an optometrist to rule out any underlying eye conditions.
  • Vision changes: If you notice sudden changes in your vision, such as blurriness or difficulty focusing, it is important to have your eyes examined to ensure there are no underlying issues.
  • Persistent eye discomfort: If you experience persistent eye discomfort, such as redness, itching, or pain, it is recommended to seek professional advice to identify and address the underlying cause.


Maintaining Your Optimal Eye Health 

By understanding the potential causes of headaches related to computer vision and implementing strategies to reduce eye strain, we can minimize discomfort and maintain healthy vision. However, if symptoms persist or worsen, it is important to consult with an optometrist to ensure proper diagnosis and treatment.

If you are experiencing persistent headaches or eye discomfort related to computer vision, schedule an appointment with an optometrist for a comprehensive eye examination. Visit Special Eye Care at our office in Camp Springs or Largo, Maryland. Call (301) 298-3241 to book an appointment today.

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