LASIK and Computer Vision Syndrome: Alleviating Digital Eye Strain

Posted by: Missouri Eye Institute in Blog on May 22, 2024

In the digital age, our lives are intertwined with screens, from smartphones to computers, exposing us to prolonged periods of digital eye strain. This phenomenon, known as Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS), affects numerous individuals, leading to discomfort and reduced visual efficiency. Interestingly, LASIK surgery, commonly sought for vision correction, may also offer relief from the symptoms of CVS. 

Here, we’ll explore how LASIK can alleviate digital eye strain and improve your overall quality of life.

Understanding Computer Vision Syndrome: 

Computer Vision Syndrome encompasses a group of eye-related issues that result from prolonged computer, tablet, smartphone or other screen use. Common symptoms include:

These symptoms are often exacerbated by poor lighting, screen glare, improper viewing distances and uncorrected vision problems.

The Role of LASIK in Alleviating Symptoms: 

LASIK (Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis) surgery corrects refractive errors by reshaping the cornea to improve vision. For many, this means the possibility of ditching glasses or contact lenses. 

But beyond just sharpening vision, LASIK might help reduce the reliance on compensatory strategies that exacerbate CVS symptoms, such as squinting or leaning closer to the screen.

Improved Visual Clarity:
LASIK enhances visual acuity, which can reduce the need to strain to see text or images clearly on your screen. With sharper vision, you’re less likely to lean in or squint, which decreases the risk of developing symptoms associated with CVS.

Reduced Dependence on Corrective Lenses:
Glasses and contacts can contribute to glare and reflections from screens, intensifying eye strain. Post-LASIK, many patients find their new vision eliminates this issue, making screen time more comfortable.

Potential Reduction in Dry Eye Symptoms:
Those who wear contact lenses and suffer from CVS often experience exacerbated dry eye symptoms. LASIK can mitigate this as the need for contact lenses is reduced or eliminated, contributing to a more comfortable visual experience on digital devices.

Preventing CVS Post-LASIK: 
While LASIK surgery can reduce certain risk factors associated with CVS, it is essential to also adopt lifestyle and workplace changes to maximize the benefits:

For those battling frequent symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome, LASIK presents a compelling option not just for clear vision, but also for a more comfortable digital life. By correcting refractive errors, LASIK can diminish several factors that contribute to digital eye strain, promoting a healthier, more enjoyable screen time experience. 

As always, consult with a qualified ophthalmologist, such as the doctors at Missouri Eye Institute, to discuss the best options for your visual needs and lifestyle.

Missouri Eye Institute has helped thousands of patients attain freedom from glasses and contact lenses. Contact us at (800) 383-3831 to schedule a thorough eye exam or visit to learn more about our services.


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