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Give your eyes some love with Tips to Reduce Eye Strain from Computer Use

Computer Vision Syndrome is a term you may or may not have heard of before, but we're willing to bet you've experienced it at one time or another! Computer Vision Syndrome is defined as a group of eye and vision-related problems that result from prolonged screen time use; this includes laptops, computers, cell phones, and tablets. Symptoms include blurriness, headache, and dry, burning eyes. So what are the causes of eyestrain from computer use?  Some of them include: 

  • Uncorrected vision problems
  • Improper viewing distance
  • Poor posture
So what can you do to help? Of course getting an eye-health check-up is very important so if you haven't had a regularly scheduled exam be sure to book one today! 

Also be sure to use the Harmon Distance when using any device-the Harmon Distance is the distance from the center of the middle knuckle to the center of the elbow measured to the outside of the arm. 

Remember, no slouching! Slouching in your chair will affect how you're viewing your screen. The best advice is to keep your feet flat on the floor with your legs at a 90-degree angle and the monitor/screen straight ahead. Adjust your workspace to suit your ergonomic needs.

Following these tips can help with a more pleasurable viewing and working experience! 

Syntonics-What is it?
Syntonics or optometric phototherapy is the branch of ocular science dealing with the application of selected light frequencies through the eyes.  Ask your optometrist about Syntonics for more information on this cutting-edge treatment! 
This is an after image from a syntonics session that one of our patients drew! 
Fun Fact: Night vision goggles are green because the human eye can differentiate more shades of green than any other colour!
Just a reminder that our office will be closed on Saturday, February 17th and Monday, February 19th for Family Day. 

Functional vision is way more than just eyesight. It’s how you use your entire visual system.The eyes, the brain, and the visual pathways need to work together to help you interact with your surroundings and environment.

Functional vision is an integration of the entire body with the visual input and how that input is processed with all of your senses (touch, hearing, balance, smell, and emotions). It is an active and dynamic process that is trainable! It's how you use your vision to catch a ball, read a book, or ride a bike. How you move during a task is a reflection of how well your visual system functions. 

Because functional vision includes more than just your visual acuity, you can actually have 20/20 eyesight and still have a functional vision problem. If you haven't had a functional vision assessment, book one today!

February Quote
"Most people don't realize that you need 17 visual skills to succeed in reading, learning, sports and in life. Seeing "100%" is just one of those visual skills." -BOAF
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