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2215 Vine Street Suite E
Hudson, WI 54016
Phone: 715-381-1234
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Squinting at computer, tablet, or mobile screens for hours at a time is a normal part of our lives in the 21st century. Unfortunately, eye problems associated with this activity are also on the rise. Even if you have never had eye problems before, you may have noticed computer vision syndrome symptoms after two or more hours of screen time. Signs include:

  • Blurry vision
  • Eye strain and discomfort
  • Headaches
  • Dry, scratchy eyes
  • Neck and/or shoulder pain

Even if your symptoms are mild, they can worsen and cause other vision problems if not addressed. Our doctors can help!

Diagnosis and Treatment of Computer Vision Syndrome

The severity and length of computer vision syndrome symptoms depends on how long you stare at the computer, your posture, lighting, glare, the angle of the monitor, and whether or not you have other diagnosed or undiagnosed vision problems. If you already suffer from astigmatism, farsightedness, presbyopia, aging eyes, and/or diabetic eye problems, your computer vision symptoms may worsen. This can even be the case if you already have prescription contacts or glasses. Many regular eyeglasses and contact lenses are not designed to deflect the problems caused by computer screens.

We will take your symptoms, pre-existing conditions, and potential undiagnosed conditions into account when performing the following eye tests:

  • Visual acuity—Measures the quality of your current vision.
  • Refraction—Tests the potential lens prescriptions that would optimize your vision.
  • Focus and Eye Coordination—Tests how well your eyes work together and how quickly and accurately your eyes are able to focus on objects and varying distances.

From these measurements, our doctors can design a treatment plan to help relieve your symptoms. For people with otherwise normal eyes and vision, a set of specially-designed glasses used during the time you are working on the computer can be very helpful. For patients already wearing contacts or glasses, new, more computer-friendly prescriptions are available. In addition to these treatment options, there are many things we can suggest to cut down on computer eye strain problems:

  • Computer Set-up—Adjust your monitor so that it is about 15-20 degrees lower than your eye level when seated between 20-28 inches away from the screen. Reference materials can be placed on a document holder between the monitor and keyboard, or to the side, but positioned for as little head movement as possible. Also invest in an anti-glare screen for your monitor to help reduce glare from surrounding lights. Be sure to sit and work with proper posture.
  • Adjust Lighting—If you can, reposition any lighting (or your computer) to minimize glare and use natural lighting whenever possible.
  • Eye Rest and Blinking Breaks—Every 20 minutes during your work, look away toward a distant point for 20 seconds to refocus your eyes, and give them a 15-minute break after each 2-hour computer session. Also remember to blink more frequently to keep your eyes moist.

With a combination of the proper optometry care and self-care, you can minimize computer eye syndrome and other modern-day vision problems. Schedule an appointment today online or call us at 715-381-1234.

Introducing Dr. Lauren Soukup

 

Dr. Lauren Soukup

Dr. Lauren Soukup graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from University of St. Thomas. She earned her Doctorate of Optometry from New England College of Optometry in Boston, Massachusetts. She received honors in her rotations that focused on ocular disease and primary care including: Boston Medical Center (MA), Wenzhou Medical University (China), VA Healthcare-Newington (CT) and Naval Health Clinic Hawaii-Pearl Harbor (HI).

Dr. Soukup has studied extensively on Age-Related Macular Degeneration working alongside some of the forerunner researchers on the topic at the University of Minnesota. She co-authored a published paper on the subject in the hopes to help further understanding of the mechanism of the disease and advance treatment options. She is also a strong advocate of access to medical eye care for underserved communities. She was given an award for her dedication and commitment to the Bostom community where she frequently organized visual screenings at local elementary schools, nursing homes and homeless shelters.

Dr. Soukup is board certified by the American Board of Optometry and is a member of both the MInnesota and Wisconsin Optometric Associations.

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Monday9am6pm
Tuesday8am5pm
Wednesday9am6pm
Thursday8am5pm
Friday8am5pm
SaturdayClosedClosed
SundayClosedClosed


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We are close at noon on Friday, Dec. 23 and closed on Monday, Dec. 24.

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