Digital vision syndrome can produce a variety of symptoms among children and adults. More children are now nearsighted, due to time spent on digital devices, but glasses can reduce health risks.
Digital vision syndrome — also known as computer vision syndrome — is an unfortunate byproduct of the digital age. Staring at the screen of a computer, smartphone or tablet can cause an array of eye problems, some of them permanent.
We talked to Dr. Paul Bernstein, a developmental optometrist with Family Vision Care Associates and the Bernstein Center for Visual Performance in White Plains, to better understand the syndrome.
You mentioned that reading on a digital device requires the eyes to constantly focus and align. It doesn’t feel any different than reading print, so why does it affect the eyes?
It’s different from a physiologic standpoint. That rapid back and forth is fatiguing to the visual system. That fatigue manifests itself as eye strain or headaches, sometimes neck and shoulder pain, sometimes blurred vision — particularly later in the day — and sometimes burning or itching or dry eyes.
Are more children nearsighted these days because of digital devices?
Yes. When your eyes struggle to focus and align up close, those mechanisms become very tight and have trouble releasing to see far away again. Over time you lose the ability to release, and you become nearsighted. The term for that is “functional myopia.” You’re not genetically pre-programmed to become nearsighted. It’s a function of environmental stressors.
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