Does Computer Use Make Keratoconus Worse?

The short answer is that there is no evidence that keratoconus can worsen through excessive computer use. Read on to learn more about computer use and keratoconus.

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Some experts note that excessive computer use may contribute to dryness, which causes some people to rub their eyes. As with all activities that may lead to eye-rubbing, alternatives should be sought to prevent all instances of this common but potentially injurious behavior of eye-rubbing. This includes administering eye drops for severely dry eyes and taking breaks from screen time.

Nevertheless, there are other conditions such as digital eye strain, also known as Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS), which can be caused by excessive time spent in front of computers and other digital screens. CVS is not considered serious and the effects are temporary. By following the appropriate recommendations, the effects dissipate or go away in time.  Please refer to the section on Computer Vision Syndrome for more information.

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Yes, most people with keratoconus can continue working, but the condition may present challenges in vision that need to be addressed. Depending on the severity, specialized contact lenses prescribed after a thorough contact lens exam or other vision aids may be required. Regular monitoring by a keratoconus specialist or optometrist can help manage the condition and maintain optimal visual performance for work-related tasks.
With keratoconus, certain activities might become more challenging, such as driving at night or reading fine print. Excessive eye rubbing should be avoided as it can exacerbate the condition. Regular eye care, including visits to an eye doctor and following prescribed treatment plans (like wearing specialty contact lenses fitted during a contact lens exam), can help maintain an active and normal lifestyle. Restrictions would generally be personalized, based on individual circumstances, and guidance from an optometrist or keratoconus specialist.

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