Is Vision Correction Surgery Good for People Who Work on Computers All Day?

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Corrective Vision Surgery Provides Relief from the Symptoms of Extended Computer Use

If you spend a good chunk of your day working on a computer, attending virtual meetings, using your smartphone, and other tasks where you’re consistently looking at a screen or monitor, it’s likely you’re suffering from digital eye strain.

Also known as computer vision syndrome syndrome, digital eye strain affects approximately 70% of all computer users. The uncomfortable symptoms of computer vision syndrome can include headaches, dry eyes, and blurred vision.

This may lead us to believe that the technology used in digital screens is the problem. While it is true that blue light emitted from screens damages the retina, there’s another issue at play. If you are already experiencing vision issues such as astigmatism, farsightedness, nearsightedness, or presbyopia (aging of the eyes), you may be exacerbating these preexisting conditions when you work on the computer.

What’s more, some patients can even develop these conditions just by staring at their screen. Sitting too close, squinting, and trying to focus at the computer can exacerbate your vision problems and leave you with challenging symptoms.

Fortunately, you don’t have to completely unplug your digital devices to get relief. Laser vision correction surgery can improve your ability to see clearly, so you won’t experience computer vision syndrome by trying to compensate for poor vision. Also, you’ll be far more likely to follow guidance on keeping your eyes healthy while using phone and computer technology, once you’ve made the choice to give yourself the gift of clearer, healthier sight.

Computer Use and Eyesight: How Laser Vision Correction Surgery Can Help

Excessive computer use is completely normal in this day and age. Most of us work on our laptops all day at work and spend at least part of our evenings using our phones. This excessive use, unsurprisingly, can affect our vision.

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may have computer vision syndrome:

  • Discomfort from straining your eyes
  • Headaches
  • Blurry vision
  • Dry eyes
  • Back, neck, and shoulder pain

When you experience these symptoms, it’s likely that you’re much like one of two patient types we see in our office at Durrie Vision.

  1. Patients Who Never Previously Needed Vision Correction:
    Some of our patients at Durrie Vision never needed vision correction such as glasses or contacts before. However, they are experiencing symptoms after looking at a screen all day, and they wonder if their eyesight has gotten worse simply from using their computer and phone regularly.

    When they head to an optometrist or ophthalmologist’s office to help with their symptoms, they discover that their vision has weakened to the point where they are now candidates for corrective vision surgery. Then, they come to see us at Durrie Vision. Keep in mind that the screen may or may not have caused this vision change, but the experience of discomfort when working on the computer prompted them to have their eyes checked out.

  2. Patients Who Wear Glasses and Contacts, But Notice a Decline in Vision
    For other patients, they’ve already been prescribed glasses or contacts, but after experiencing the symptoms of computer vision syndrome, they discover that their vision has gotten worse, and they need a stronger vision prescription.

However, neither of these two types of patients need to deal with glasses or contacts any longer. Laser vision correction can provide both groups of patients with vision correction, so that they can protect their eyes during computer usage. They’ll also discover all the benefits of LASIK surgery including never having to rely on highly expensive contacts and glasses.

What to Know About Vision Correction Surgery and Computer Use After the Procedure

If you decide to schedule a consultation with our office, you’ll discover that your laser vision correction surgery experience is painless, easy, and affordable.

After the procedure, you’ll experience clear, corrected sight and feel far more focused and comfortable as you head back to work without having to worry about the distressing symptoms of computer vision syndrome.

You’ll no longer have to spend a lifetime’s worth of money on contacts or glasses, and your eyes will be less prone to contact-related infections. You won’t be troubled with the search for your glasses or the rush of trying to insert your contacts every morning. Now, you can wake up and start your workday refreshed and clear-sighted.

However, we do have some guidelines for computer usage that you will need to consider:

  • You may want to avoid screens for up to 24 hours to give your eyes a rest as your brand-new vision takes effect.
  • After corrective vision surgery, your eyes may experience temporary dryness during the recovery period. While you’re using a computer, take breaks. We recommend taking a break every 30 minutes and taking 20 seconds to focus on an object at least 20 feet away. In addition, we prescribe artificial tears to use during your recovery.

It is always a good practice to build in breaks from your computer, especially now that you’ve taken an important step forward for your eye health.

Get Relief for Your Eyes: Experience the Benefits of Corrective Vision Surgery

Durrie Vision provides superior laser vision correction procedures, including SBK Advanced LASIK, a state-of-the-art procedure that exceeds the quality of other LASIK procedures available today.

Our consultation will provide you with all the information you need to make a determination about what corrective surgery is best for your vision. After this meeting, we can schedule an appointment for your procedure right away. Our team at Durrie Vision will also provide key information about our special financing options and promotions we are running to make the investment of vision correction surgery more appealing.

Take our LASIK and Vision Correction Candidacy Quiz to discover what procedure might be best for you, then book a consultation by contacting us online or calling (913) 491-3330. We look forward to helping you see clearly and experience all the benefits and comfort of LASIK.