Video Gaming with Contact Lenses?

Admit it; you love your video games!

You spend hours trying to get to the next level and cannot take your eyes off the screen for a second. But if you are like so many other gamers, those long gaming sessions may be taking a much greater toll on your eyes than you know. The problem is even worse for those who are wearing contact lenses compared with those who wear glasses or have no vision correction.  

Contact lenses are an excellent choice for virtual reality headsets as they allow you the most freedom and clear peripheral vision. However your eyes will not be comfortable if you have contact lenses in for too long.

Are you experiencing dry eyes, headaches, blurry or double vision? You could even be suffering from sleep disorders. These problems may all be from wearing contact lenses while looking at a screen for long hours during your gaming sessions. Additionally, if your job requires you to stare at a screen all day long, the problems can be exacerbated.

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To alleviate these symptoms, there are a few things you can do.

First, reduce the hours you spend looking at your various screens. Giving your eyes a rest is the first step. Secondly, if you can’t put that game controller down, put on your glasses as that may help a little. If you are still having problems, schedule a visit with your eye doctor at Sunshine Optometry.

Before your visit, take note of some key points to help your doctor better understand what you're experiencing. Record some of your symptoms and when they are occurring. Is it happening all the time or just while gaming? Taking at least a 10 minute break every hour and using preservative-free artificial tears can help reduce fatigue and dryness.

Keep track of how many hours you are looking at your screens.

When calculating screen time, include time spent at work, gaming, and looking at your smartphone; how much of that time was while you were wearing your contact lenses? With this information at hand, your eye doctor will be able to quickly diagnose and recommend a suitable course of treatment and you can get back to winning!