Computer Vision FAQs

Culpeper Optometrist Dr. Miles Press Answers Questions
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Computer Vision Syndrome

If you are suffering from chronically dry, irritated eyes and you spend a lot of time in front of a digital monitor, you may have a condition known as computer vision syndrome (CVS). Fortunately, our skilled Culpeper eye care team at Eye Care of Virginia may have the solution -- in the form of computer glasses. If you're curious about our Culpeper computer glasses and what they can do for your quality of life, take a look at our answers to these frequently asked questions.

How do I know I have computer vision syndrome? Computer vision syndrome is characterized by eye redness and fatigue, a burning or stinging sensation, blurred or double vision, difficulty focusing, headaches, and shoulder or neck pain. While some of these symptoms can be caused by allergies, infections or other eye problems, CVS is directly attributable to long hours spent in front of a computer monitor or other display device.

What's so bad about staring at a monitor? When you spend a lot of time using display devices, your eyes don't blink as frequently as they normally would. Blinking stimulates tear production; deprived of your normal blinking rhythm, your eyes dry out.

Why do I keep losing my focusing ability? Tiny muscles control your lenses' ability to shift focus between near objects and distant ones. Resolving fine text displayed as pixels on a screen eventually causes muscular strain, causing the eye muscles to relax into what's called a resting point of accommodation. The more you force your eyes back into focus, the more strain you experience. Exposure to excessive glare makes things even worse.

How do computer glasses help? These corrective lenses are specially prescribed to provide optimal, strain-free vision at one specific distance -- the distance between your eyes and the computer monitor. This extra visual compensation frees your eye muscles from the need to keep straining and shifting from one visual field to another. 

I have presbyopia. Can computer glasses help me? Absolutely! Our Culpeper eye care team can craft fashionable multifocal computer glasses that allow you to see clearly at different distances. This is useful if you need to address other business from time to time. But you may find that single-vision computer glasses give you all the correction you need for viewing both your monitor and your keyboard.

What can I do about eye dryness? Computer glasses help with focus-related strain, but there's still the lack of blinking to consider. Our Culpeper eye care Doctor, Miles Press, can prescribe eye drops while recommending specific lifestyle changes such as taking more breaks from the computer or placing an anti-glare screen over your monitor. If the problem persists, we can evaluate your tear film to see if some underlying health condition is causing or aggravating it.

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  • "Dr. Press CARES about his patients, insurance or not AND he is the most thorough eye doctor I have ever been to. The prescription he gave me, made me see correctly, once again, I am so thankful. Dr Press and his staff are great!"
    Katrin H
  • "I'm so glad I changed eye doctors. I had been going to Dr. H by the hospital for a long time and he had given me a prescription for contacts that I tried and tried to wear with no success. Dr. Press gave the right "size" contacts and was able to walk out wearing the contacts with no problem! He has great manners and even took my blood pressure! Glad to have finally found a knowledgeable Optometrist I can SEE in a regular basis."
    Ines P
  • "I recently needed to change my vision prescription and was finally in need of bifocals. I went to see Dr. Miles Press for both convenience (local eye doctor) and because he accepted my insurance. I needed to have vision in my right eye adjusted several times, and several right lenses replaced. Dr.Miles Press worked tirelessly to make sure my vision was correct and I was never charged for each subsequent visit or lens replacement. I've never had an eye doctor like that before, that really cares and is fast and on the ball with knowledge to get you the correct prescription. He also cared that I went with Progressive lenses over bifocals because they provide three fields of view and eliminate the annoying line. To sum it up, an eye doctor that treats you like he would his own family is a rare experience. I will continue to go to Dr. Miles Press as long as he is in business and accepts my insurance. No question."
    Thomas C
  • "I didn't know my vision could change, and I also didn't know that I could see the world more clearly than how I was already seeing it! Dr. Press was professional and very helpful and educating! Highly recommend!"
    Karla N
  • "Dr. Miles Press was very professional, knowledgeable, and friendly. He explained a lot about my eye care that no Dr. has ever taken the time to do."
    Wendy S