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275 Bicentennial Hwy

Lower Level, Suite 101

Springfield, MA 01118 US

(413) 796-3316

(413) 782-7483

Computer Vision

Squinting at computer, tablet, or mobile screens for hours at a time is a normal part of our lives in the 21st century. Unfortunately, eye problems associated with this activity are also on the rise. Even if you have never had eye problems before, you may have noticed computer vision syndrome symptoms after two or more hours of screen time. Signs include:

  • Blurry vision
  • Eye strain and discomfort
  • Headaches
  • Dry, scratchy eyes
  • Neck and/or shoulder pain

Even if your symptoms are mild, they can worsen and cause other vision problems if not addressed. Our  eye doctors can help.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Computer Vision Syndrome

The severity and length of computer vision syndrome symptoms depends on how long you stare at the computer, your posture, lighting, glare, the angle of the monitor, and whether or not you have other diagnosed or undiagnosed vision problems. If you already suffer from astigmatism, farsightedness, presbyopia, aging eyes, and/or diabetic eye problems, your computer vision symptoms may worsen. This can even be the case if you already have prescription contacts or glasses. Many regular eyeglasses and contact lenses are not designed to deflect the problems caused by computer screens.

Our ophthalmologists will take your symptoms, pre-existing conditions, and potential undiagnosed conditions into account as he performs the following eye tests:

  • Visual acuity—Measures the quality of your current vision.
  • Refraction—Tests the potential lens prescriptions that would optimize your vision.
  • Focus and Eye Coordination—Tests how well your eyes work together and how quickly and accurately your eyes are able to focus on objects and varying distances.

From these measurements, the ophthalmologist can design a treatment plan to help relieve your symptoms. For people with otherwise normal eyes and vision, a set of specially-designed glasses used during the time you are working on the computer can be very helpful. For patients already wearing contacts or glasses, new, more computer-friendly prescriptions are available. In addition to these treatment options, there are many things we can suggest to cut down on computer eye strain problems:

  • Computer setup—Adjust your monitor so that it is about 15-20 degrees lower than your eye level when seated between 20-28 inches away from the screen. Reference materials can be placed on a document holder between the monitor and keyboard, or to the side, but positioned for as little head movement as possible. Also invest in an anti-glare screen for your monitor to help reduce glare from surrounding lights and opt for anti-glare coatings on your eyeglasses. Be sure to sit and work with proper posture.
  • Adjust Lighting—If you can, reposition any lighting (or your computer) to minimize glare and use natural lighting whenever possible.
  • Eye Rest and Blinking Breaks—Every 20 minutes during your work, look away toward a distant point for 20 seconds to refocus your eyes, and give them a 15-minute break after each 2-hour computer session. Also remember to blink more frequently to keep your eyes moist.

With a combination of the proper ophthalmologic care and self-care, you can minimize computer eye syndrome and other modern-day vision problems.

COVID-19 UPDATE as of 06/01/2021

The Optical Shoppe is currently open for walk-in service, Monday through Friday, from 9am until 4pm. If you need to visit us before or after walk-in hours, please contact us to schedule an appointment at a convenient time. B.E.C. OPTICAL is considered an optical goods retail store as well as a healthcare facility. MASKS ARE REQUIRED when visiting the Shoppe. Measures we have taken to reopen and operate safely are in line with our state, local and industry guidelines. Please know that the safety of our patients, employees, and their respective families, is the single most important factor prompting these necessary changes as we move forward together. We apologize for any inconvenience you may have experienced due to protocol changes as well as any delays in reaching us caused by extremely high call volumes. THANK YOU for your patience and understanding throughout these unprecedented times. HEALTHY WISHES to you all - SEE you soon! (For updates, please check back here or on Facebook.com/becoptical. You may also email us with questions at [email protected])

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Baystate Eye Care Optical Shoppe

Monday:

Walk-In/No Appointment: 9am - 4pm

Tuesday:

Walk-In/No Appointment: 9am - 4pm

Wednesday:

Walk-In/No Appointment: 9am - 4pm

Thursday:

Walk-In/No Appointment: 9am - 4pm

Friday:

Walk-In/No Appointment: 9am - 4pm

Saturday:

Closed

Sunday:

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