Friday, March 16, 2012

iPad, LASIK & Computer Vision Syndrome

What do the iPad, LASIK and Computer Vision Syndrome have in common you ask. Literally millions and millions of people have iPads-and this is likely to increase with the release of the new iPad 3. Literally millions and millions of people have had or are thinking about having LASIK-and this is likely to increase as we continue to see increases in consumer confidence and consumer spending as the economy slowly improves. A huge number of people who have LASIK are also iPad users and therein lies the connection to Computer Vision Syndrome.

“We know that after having LASIK Surgery some patients may experience dry eye symptoms that we can manage with a range of treatments from artificial tear eye drops, to tiny punctal plugs and even Restasis eye drops to help patients make more of their own tears,” commented NewJersey LASIK Surgeon and Corneal Specialist Joel Confino, M.D. of The Eye Care & Surgery Center. “Today, we live in a digital world in which we are constantly using computers, cell phones that essentially have tiny computer screens and now everywhere we look-iPads,” said Dr. Confino.

Computer Vision Syndrome is a form of eye strain from computer use associated with staring at computer screens, mobile phones, video games and reading devices including iPads. “Long periods of focusing on these electronic devices doesn’t cause permanent damage to your eyes but may induce dry and tired eyes-this is something to be aware of, if you have recently had LASIK or are considering LASIK,” remarked BaltimoreLASIK Surgeon and Corneal Specialist Brad Spagnolo, M.D. of the Baltimore Washington Eye Center. “It would be good to tell your LASIK Surgeon about the extent and duration of your iPad and overall computer use so that he or she can take the necessary steps to help you avoid dry eyes and computer vision syndrome after LASIK.”  

During your LASIK Consultation, always be sure to tell your LASIK Surgeon about all of your personal vision correction goals as well as any prescription, over the counter and other medications you might take, as well as your computer use and how you have integrated digital technology, such as mobile phone use, iPad use and other electronic devices into your everyday routine.

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