Do you leave your desk at the end of your day with pain in your neck or lower back? Do you deal with headaches and eyestrain on a regular basis?

If the answer to these questions is yes, you may suffer from Visual Fatigue Syndrome, according to the eye doctors at Uptown Eye Care.

“Since extensive computer use is a part of many jobs, eye strain has become a major job-related complaint.” says optometrist Elaine Happ. “Studies show that up to 90% of computer workers suffer from eye strain and other bothersome visual symptoms as well as back and neck pain from excessive head movement.”

There are some things you can do to reduce vision fatigue, like position your computer monitor so windows are to the side, instead of in front or behind it. Glare on walls and finished surfaces, as well as reflections on your computer screen also can cause computer eye strain. Consider installing an anti-glare screen on your monitor and if you wear glasses purchase lenses with an anti-reflective coating. Both of these features will reduce the amount of light reflecting off the front and back surfaces of your lenses.

LCD screens usually have an anti-reflective surface and are easier on the eyes than the older CRT screens. Adjusting the brightness, text size and contrast, and the color temperature in the display settings of your computer will also reduce strain and fatigue.

When working at a computer, people blink less frequently — about five times less than normal. Yet, blinking is essential when at a computer because it moistens your eyes and prevents dryness and irritation. The Uptown Eye Care eye doctors recommend this exercise: every 20 minutes blink your eyes very slowly, as if you were falling asleep, about 10-15 times to re-moisten your eyes.

You may also benefit from a pair of Anti-Fatigue lenses. These lenses, made by Essilor, are designed with a “power boost” area in the lower portion of the lens for greater comfort when doing near-vision work. “We have had a lot of success helping our patients obtain more comfortable vision at work using these new lenses” according to optometrist Elaine Happ.

Contact Uptown Eye Care today to setup an appointment to see if you are suffering from Visual Fatigue Syndrome.

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