A Complex Problem in a Digital Age

Do you experience dry eyes, eye strain, blurred vision, headaches, and neck and shoulder pain when working on a computer or digital device for several hours? Have the prescribed artificial tears, therapeutics, and omega-3 fatty acids not helped to alleviate your symptoms?

You may not be suffering from a simple case of digital eye strain or dry eyes. You may be experiencing trigeminal dysphoria.

Trigeminal dysphoria is a complex neurological condition—like a headache—related to digital eye strain.

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Lifestyle Index Questionnaire

This short lifestyle questionnaire will give you an idea if you may be experiencing trigeminal dysphoria. If you answer “Sometimes,” “Very Often,” or “Always” on 3 or more of the questions, please book an appointment with our team to discuss your symptoms.

Lifestyle Index Questionnaire

What Is the Trigeminal Nerve?

The brain is connected to the various parts of the body and organs through 12 cranial nerves. The trigeminal nerve is the largest of the cranial nerves.

The trigeminal nerve splits into 3 branches:

The ophthalmic branch plays a role in the development of migraine headaches, and it’s easily triggered. Some common triggers include:

  • Too much caffeine
  • Too little caffeine
  • Excess alcohol consumption
  • Weather change
  • Hormonal change
  • Sleep schedule change
  • Not eating on time
  • And many more

The nervous system is complex, but it seems that patients who describe dry eyes along with headaches, neck and shoulder pain, and eye fatigue when using digital devices may be experiencing trigeminal dysphoria.

What Is Trigeminal Dysphoria?

Trigeminal dysphoria is a kind of catch-all term that describes a range of symptoms associated with prolonged use of digital devices. It’s usually experienced as a dull headache from the back of the head to the front and vice versa.

Clinic studies have shown that patients who experience chronic headaches when working on digital devices have a misalignment in their peripheral and central visual tracking systems. This condition, along with symptoms like fatigue, dry eyes, and light sensitivity, has been dubbed visually induced trigeminal dysphoria.

Diagnosis

If you suspect you may suffer from trigeminal dysphoria, we suggest taking this short, 2-minute Lifestyle Index Questionnaire. If you answer “Sometimes,” “Very Often,” or “Always” on 3 or more of the questions in this questionnaire, please call our office to discuss your symptoms.

We’ll likely have you come in for comprehensive testing and diagnosis. We use an advanced diagnostic tool to test for trigeminal dysphoria.

Those with trigeminal dysphoria have experienced great success with neurolenses®. neurolenses® have significantly decreased or completely eliminated symptoms for nearly 91% of our patients.

These specialized lenses are scientifically designed to correct eye misalignment when looking at a screen and provide relief from uncomfortable symptoms associated with device use.

You don’t have to live with pain and discomfort when working on a computer. Call us today to learn more about trigeminal dysphoria, digital eye strain, and neurolens® glasses.