Modern lifestyles are often characterized by frequent use of digital devices, such as computers, smartphones, and tablets. While they’re convenient, prolonged use on those devices can severely impact our eye health, leading to eye strain and more.
Sometimes the screen can’t take the full blame. This frustrating condition can be caused by an eye misalignment, which your visual system has to correct for in order for you to have single and clear vision. Having to correct for this all day can cause eye symptoms such as fatigue and eye strain. You may be able to relieve these symptoms with Neurolens glasses that help realign your eyes.
What Is Eye Strain?
Computer screens are a popular culprit for eye strain, but they aren’t the only ones. You may also experience this familiar discomfort and pain after reading or driving for extended periods of time.
Even the way you view a screen can make eye strain worse, such as:
- Viewing a screen without properly adjusted lighting
- Holding a digital device either too close or too far from your eyes
- Decreased frequency of blinking
- Poor posture while using a digital device
Eye strain caused explicitly by screens and digital devices can be called computer vision syndrome or digital eye strain. Unfortunately, it can be exacerbated by eye misalignment.
Symptoms of Eye Strain
The symptoms of eye strain are as varied as the causes, but you can typically expect the following:
- Blurry vision
- Dry eyes
- Shoulder and neck pain
- Tired eyes when doing near tasks for an extended period of time
What Is Eye Misalignment?
Eye misalignment is a condition where the eyes do not focus on the same object or image, causing double vision or blurred vision. Our visual system has to constantly correct this misalignment in order for us to see single and clear.
While mild eye misalignment may not be a serious issue, severe cases of misalignment, such as trigeminal dysphoria, which affects eye nerves, could cause significant discomfort and vision problems.
Imagine a pair of dancers moving in perfect sync, with each step matched flawlessly to the other. Now, picture one dancer suddenly stepping out of rhythm. It can be jarring, disruptive, and potentially cause someone to fall. That’s what happens when your eyes are misaligned, and it could get worse when you have to constantly focus on something close to you.
Fortunately, we can help you get those dancers to sync up again.
Neurolens & Eye Strain
Neurolenses are a type of prescription glasses that use specialized technology to relieve eye strain. They’re designed to correct misalignments in the eyes that put pressure on the visual system. These misalignments are generally not visible and often go undetected, but with Neurolens technology, these misalignments can be detected and corrected to reduce eye strain and headaches.
Neurolens does this using contoured prisms. The contoured prism is a specialized lens that works by bending light differently for each eye. The prism aligns the light entering the eyes, thus reducing the amount of effort needed to focus and maintain clear vision. This technology also helps reduce neck and shoulder strain arising from poor posture while working on digital devices.
Who Can Benefit from Neurolenses?
Many who experience eye strain and headaches from looking at screens for long hours can benefit from Neurolenses. This includes children, adults, and seniors who spend significant time using digital devices. Neurolenses can be especially beneficial for those who work in front of a computer for extended periods, such as office workers, graphic designers, and writers.
Am I a Candidate for Neurolens?
To get Neurolenses, you need to visit an eye doctor trained with Neurolens technology. We can consider the frequency and severity of symptoms to determine if you have an eye misalignment.
If your screening suggests that Neurolens could be beneficial, you’ll proceed to a diagnostic device called a Neurolens Measurement Device. This measures your eye alignment for both distance and near vision. If we find misalignments, we can discuss prescribing Neurolenses to correct them.
Preventing Eye Strain
You can make some changes to your habits and workspace that could also help you reduce digital eye strain symptoms. Try some of these tips:
- Maintain a comfortable distance between yourself and digital screens. The ideal distance is about an arm’s length away.
- Take frequent breaks. Ideally, take a walk. If you can’t, every 20 minutes of screen time, take 20 seconds to look at something 20 feet away.
- Adjust the brightness and contrast of your digital screen to match your surroundings.
- Improve the lighting conditions in your workspace. If there is insufficient natural light, consider using a desk lamp to provide ample lighting. If glares from light are hitting your screen, consider adjusting nearby lighting or the position of your screen.
Using Screens Without Strain
In this digital age, our eyes often work overtime, and eye strain has become an unwelcome foe for many of us. But remember, we’re not defenseless against this modern-age menace. With Neurolens, you could realign your vision and say goodbye to the discomfort and fatigue caused by eye strain.
Book an appointment with our friendly team at Family Vision Care and take the first step towards a life free from the frustration of eye strain. Let’s find out if Neurolens could be your ticket to a more comfortable, strain-free visual experience!