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5 Steps to Combat Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS)

Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) is the number one health complaint for most companies. It occurs when your eyes stare at computer screens for an extended period of time. As you switch between screens, write emails, and watch presentations, your eyes are constantly refocusing and readjusting. Side effects of CVS include blurred vision or the inability to focus, neck and back pain, and headaches. Excessive eye strain can lead to eye twitches, or dry, irritated eyes, and can also cause lower productivity and work errors. Here are a few simple practices to combat CVS and work your eye muscles, helping stimulate the vision center of your brain:

  •  20-20-20 Rule: Every 20 minutes, look at an object roughly 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
  • Relax Your Eyelids: Rub your palms together to generate heat, then place them gently on your closed eyes. Keep your eyes closed and relax for a few minutes.
  • Be Mindful Of Blinking: Every 20 minutes, blink your eyes slowly 10 times. This will help reduce dry eye issues.
  • Be Aware Of Your Posture: Every 20 minutes, readjust how you are sitting so your back isn’t hunched over and your neck isn’t strained to focus on the screen.
  • Check Your Lighting: Make sure that you do not have your back to the sunlight or any lighting that causes excessive glare on your screen, making it hard to see what you are watching or working on.

Beyond these little changes, we suggest that our patients purchase computer glasses with blue-filtering lenses. These are a secondary pair of glasses (not intended to replace your regular prescription pair,) made specifically for the workplace environment. Computer glasses could be prescription or non-prescription, depending on your vision needs. Contact our office for more information on computer glasses.


Pink, Stinging Eyes?

Conjunctivitis, also called pink eye, is one of the most frequently seen eye diseases, especially in kids. It can be caused by viruses, bacteria or even allergies to pollen, chlorine in swimming pools, and ingredients in cosmetics, or other irritants, which touch the eyes. Some forms of conjunctivitis might be quite transmittable and quickly spread in school and at the office.

Conjunctivitis is seen when the conjunctiva, or thin transparent layer of tissue covering the white part of the eye, becomes inflamed. You can identify conjunctivitis if you notice eye redness, discharge, itching or swollen eyelids and a crusty discharge surrounding the eyes early in the day. Pink eye infections can be divided into three main types: viral, allergic and bacterial conjunctivitis.

The viral type is usually a result of a similar virus to that which produces the recognizable red, watery eyes, sore throat and runny nose of the common cold. The red, itchy, watery eyes caused by viral pink eye are likely to last from a week to two and then will clear up on their own. You may however, be able to reduce some of the discomfort by using soothing drops or compresses. Viral pink eye is transmittable until it is completely cleared up, so in the meantime maintain excellent hygiene, remove eye discharge and try to avoid using communal pillowcases or towels. If your son or daughter has viral conjunctivitis, he or she will have to be kept home from school for three days to a week until symptoms disappear.

A bacterial infection such as Staphylococcus or Streptococcus is usually treated with antibiotic eye drops or cream. One should notice an improvement within just a few days of antibiotic drops, but be sure to adhere to the full prescription dosage to prevent pink eye from recurring.

Allergic pink eye is not contagious. It is usually a result of a known allergy such as hay fever or pet allergies that sets off an allergic reaction in their eyes. First of all, to treat allergic pink eye, you should eliminate the irritant. Use cool compresses and artificial tears to relieve discomfort in mild cases. When the infection is more severe, your eye doctor might prescribe a medication such as an anti-inflammatory or antihistamine. In cases of chronic allergic pink eye, topical steroid eye drops could be used.

Pink eye should always be diagnosed by a qualified eye doctor in order to identify the type and best course of treatment. Never treat yourself! Keep in mind the sooner you begin treatment, the lower chance you have of giving pink eye to loved ones or prolonging your discomfort.


Welcome to our New Website

We invite you to take a look around our new site to get to know our practice and learn about eye and vision health. You will find a wealth of information about our optometrists, our staff and our services, as well as facts and advice about how to take care of your eyes and protect your vision.

Learn about our Practice specialties including comprehensive eye exams, contact lens fittings and the treatment of eye diseases. Our website also offers you a convenient way to find our hours, address and map, schedule an appointment online, order contact lenses or contact us to ask us any questions you have about eye care and our Practice.

Have a look around our online office and schedule a visit to meet us in person. We are here to partner with you and your family for a lifetime of healthy eyes and vision. We look forward to seeing you!

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