Computer vision syndrome, or digital eye strain, describes a group of eye and vision related problems resulting from extended near work on digital devices.

The average patient — adults and children included — spends seven hours a day on a nearby device for prolonged use. Unfortunately, human visual systems aren’t built to keep up with this demand. Extended periods of near work result in eye strain, headaches, blurry vision, and overall fatigue. Some patients experience near blur due to the inability to sustain focus, called accommodative paresis. Others may also experience blurry distance vision after prolonged near work resulting from the inability to release their near focus to the distance. This situation is called accommodative lock or spasm.

At Elite Eye Care, we have various solutions for this common vision issue. Your doctor may prescribe focusing lenses, such as EyeZen, DRV, or Unity Relief Lens, that relax the eyes at near and help them focus. Other solutions may include blue light blocking anti-reflective lens coatings or vision therapy.

Digital devices aren’t going away, but the eye pain can — contact Elite Eye Care today to begin!

Myopia occurs when the eyeball grows longer than average, causing light to focus in front of the retina, resulting in blurry distance vision. Glasses and contact lenses provide clear vision for patients with myopia. In pediatric patients, myopia is becoming more prevalent and treatment options are now available to halt the progression of myopia in children.

Specialty contact lenses can also be used to treat myopia progression. Our doctors treat myopia with orthokeratology (Ortho-K) or daily soft lenses called MiSight® 1 day. These lenses are worn at night while sleeping to temporarily reshape the cornea to improve vision and halt the progression of myopia. They are FDA approved soft daily lenses proven to reduce the progression of myopia in children.

At Elite Eye Care, your doctor will discuss the best option for your child based on their individual vision conditions and needs.

In contrast to myopia, farsightedness occurs when the eye is short and light focuses behind the retina. Blurry vision is more commonly experienced at near distances for farsighted patients, but depending on the individual, can occur at all distances. Glasses and contact lenses can provide clarity for farsighted patients.

Astigmatism is one of the most common conditions that can be corrected with glasses and contact lenses. Astigmatism occurs when the cornea isn’t completely round. This irregular shape prevents light from properly focusing on the retina. Astigmatism can result in blurry or “tilted” vision at all distances. Uncorrected astigmatism may also cause difficulty with night driving, causing halos and starbursts around lights.