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.
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.
What Is the Trigeminal Nerve?
The trigeminal nerve splits into 3 branches:
- The ophthalmic branch is responsible for sensory stimulation to the skin, mucous membranes, and sinuses of the upper face and scalp.
- The maxillary branch is primarily responsible for sensory supply to the mid-third of the face.
- The mandibular branch has a sensory role in the head. It’s associated with the parasympathetic fibres of other cranial nerves.
- Too much caffeine
- Too little caffeine
- Excess alcohol consumption
- Weather change
- Hormonal change
- Sleep schedule change
- Not eating on time
- And many more
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.
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.