Computer use and your vision

| Posted On May 09, 2012 | By:

Many of us spend hours in front of a computer screen every day, and that can take a toll on your vision.  Generally speaking, viewing objects farther away from us is easier on our eyes; conversely, the muscles in our eyes must work harder to view things at close range.  Staring at a computer screen for long periods of time, therefore, can cause you to strain the muscles in your eyes and may result in headaches, blurred vision and eye fatigue.

There are changes you can make that  may help relieve many computer-related vision problems, such as improving lighting in the work area, altering the workstation height, taking intermittent breaks, or obtaining prescription glasses for computer use.

Ambient Lighting and Screen Placement

Workstation suggestions







Body Posture

Work habits 

Prescription Glasses

Extended demand on the eyes often causes visual problems. Even small amounts of the following uncorrected conditions may contribute to discomfort when using a computer:

Consider scheduling an eye exam with your eye doctor to determine if you need computer glasses. These glasses are designed for the specific distance between the eyes and the screen and differ from your driving and reading glasses. Your eye doctor and optician can customize your lens choices to suit your individual environment:

Visual Services departments are located at 11 Harvard Vanguard locations.  Click here to find a doctor and the location closest to you.

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About Dr. James Lombardo

Dr. James Lombardo is a board-certified optometrist who has been practicing for 17 years. After graduating with honors from both Austin Prep and Tufts University in Massachusetts, he received his optometry degree from the University of California at Berkeley, also with honors distinction. In Seattle, he completed elective Residency and Fellowship training in ocular disease, post-surgical care and routine eye examinations. After a successful career on the west coast, he has returned home to practice in Massachusetts. Since January 2011, he has provided comprehensive and routine eye exams for adults and children at Harvard Vanguard. He is accepting new patients at Harvard Vanguard's Burlington Visual Services department. He enjoys playing electric guitar, scuba diving, weightlifting and biking.