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Yes! Even if you haven't noticed a change in your vision, it is important to get a yearly comprehensive eye exam to determine changes in eye health and detect or diagnose early signs of high blood pressure, diabetes, and other health issues.
On top of that, your eye exam can detect signs of glaucoma, macular degeneration, and other eye issues before they present symptoms or are too late to fix.
There are many options for this common problem. Reading glasses can be worn over contacts or alone, and are available with progressive lenses, which have increasing power from the top of the lens to the bottom. There are also multifocal or bifocal contact lenses available, to avoid the need for readers altogether. Ask Dr. Davis for more information.
Symptoms such as dry eyes, irritated eyes, contact lens problems, or if blinking helps to clear your vision can be due to dry eyes. It is common for computer users to have dry eyes. This is because we do not blink much and we hold our eyes wide open when working at the computer.
The following steps can help alleviate your symptoms:
Use artificial tears to re-wet and lubricate your eyes. Use as recommended by either your doctor or the manufacturer. Lower your computer screen so that the center of the screen is 4-8 inches below your eyes. If you are seated in a draft or near an air vent, try to eliminate the flow of air past your eyes. Low humidity or fumes aggravate a dry eye condition. If you have these conditions in your work place, fix them if possible. Concentrate on blinking whenever you begin to sense symptoms of dry or irritated eyes. Every once in a while (especially when you sense the symptoms) close your eyes and roll them behind your closed eye lids.
If you are between ages 18 and 70, you may be a candidate for laser correction surgery.
Lasik surgery involves reshaping your cornea with a laser often done to correct nearsightedness, but can also be used to correct issues with reading vision.
Based on age (typically patients over 40), some candidates may do better with monovision, meaning one eye is corrected for near vision and the other eye is corrected for distance. Monovision can slightly affect your depth perception, so if you're into certain activities like sewing or tennis, this may not be the move for you.
The blobs you may see are probably nothing to worry over. They're most likely the egg white-like gel that fills the back of your eye. As you age the gel becomes more liquid and can separate from the back wall of the eye.
If you have a new onset of floaters or an increase in existing floaters, see Dr. Davis as soon as possible. As the gel shifts forward, it can pull on the retina and cause a tear or even a more serious retinal detachment.
Many computer users need a pair of glasses for their computer work that is different from the glasses they use for their other common visual needs. They either have a different prescription or a different lens design from their usual glasses.
In other cases, the computer user may have a vision disorder that would not otherwise require correction if they weren`t performing a demanding visual job such as at the computer. In these cases, the person needs a pair of glasses that they would not need if they weren`t working at a computer. These are called “computer glasses”.
Bifocals or progressive addition lenses that are usually prescribed for presbyopia don`t work well for computer work. The best solution for the presbyopic computer user is a lens which is specifically designed for the ergonomics of the computer workstation.
These special computer lenses are designed to accommodate the unique viewing distances and angles at a computer and work for presbyopic computer users and can also work for others who require lenses for their computer.
Talk to your eye doctor to determine if you need computer glasses.
Your tear glands may not be working as well as they should. Dry eyes are a result of fewer tears or poor quality of your tears. As you age, your tears naturally change.
Blinking helps to keep your eyes lubricated, however, if you spend a lot of time at your computer, staring at the screen, you don't blink as often.
Our office offers solutions for dry eyes including tear drops and plug inserts.
We suggest giving over-the-counter drops a try before we move to a prescription option, however avoid drops designed to "get the red out" as they can become addicted to them. If your eyes keep getting drier and drier, then we can offer prescription drops, a topical option, or plug inserts to aid in producing high quality tears.
To avoid dry eye, we suggest blinking often, make sure no fans or vents are blowing directly on your eyes, and eat plenty of omega-3 fatty acids.