Computer User Testing

  • Most people use a computer for work or also for personal use.  Although computer graphics have improved dramatically, there are still potential problems with prolonged use.  Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) is estimated to cost industry billions of dollars in decreased productivity, absenteeism, and treatment.  Symptoms of CVS can include:
  • Eyestrain
  • Blur
  • Headaches
  • Redness
  • Dryness
  • Burning
  • Tearing
  • Vision fluctuations
  • Changes in vision prescription
  • A comprehensive eye exam can help to address these identify computer-related vision problems and provide possible solutions. 
    • Most computer monitors are located further away than our normal reading distance, which, in turn, might require a notably different prescription
      • Just as we don’t have one pair of shoes to meet all of our needs, we often need more than one pair of glasses to address the demands on our eyes.  There are now unique lens designs to help us precisely meet the various, specific visual demands we routinely encounter with computer use.
      •  Having an accurate measurement of your “working distance (i.e., from the bridge of the nose to the keyboard and monitor)” can allow us to custom design the right prescription for your computer use.
      • We can utilize the only FDA approved instrumentation (“Variable Technology”) to accurately simulate vision conditions with computer use.
    • Testing could also include assessment for dry eyes.  When working on a computer, blink rate (responsible for re-coating the eyes with new tears) can decrease by as much as half. Studies show that damage to the glands in the eyelids that contribute to our tears can occur with as little as 3-4 hours of daily computer use. Testing could determine whether the use of lubricating drops would be beneficial.
  • With proper testing, diagnosis, and treatment, Computer Vision Syndrome doesn’t need to be one of the price tags of our daily routines.