You get headaches of any severity each week, and they tend to get worse later in the day. Your headaches are generally worse at work than they are at home or on weekends.

Your neck gets stiff and sore when you work at a computer or read, or you experience frequent tension in your head, neck, or shoulders. 

You feel like you are more productive at work in the morning vs. the afternoon. Or your eyes get tired, burn, or get red easily when you work at a computer for long hours.

Your eyes feel fatigued/tired at the end of the work day, or your eyes generally feel better in the morning compared to end of the day.

Driving at night is difficult because of glare from headlights, or fluorescent light bothers you in large spaces (grocery store, department store, etc.)

Riding in a car gives you motion sickness, or you sometimes feel a sensation of vertigo or disconnectedness from your environment.

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  • Eye alignment at all distances is essential for comfortable vision. When the eyes are out of sync, or misaligned, it puts higher demand on the visual system.
  • This additional demand can put stress on the trigeminal nerve – the largest and most complex nerve connected to the brain, and the one responsible for head and neck” sensations.

Learn more about Trigeminal Dysphoria.

Why Are You Experiencing Symptoms?

Your eyes and/or contacts tend to dry out when working at a computer or reading. Your eyes progressively feel more dry/sandy/gritty as the day goes on.

Julie Chen, O.D. is a California board licensed optometrist, certified to treat and manage diseases of the eye. She completed her Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry at the University of California, San Diego and went on to complete her Doctorate of Optometry at the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Chen is committed to providing excellent customer service to meet all of her patients visual needs and is a member of the American Optometric Association, the California Optometric Association, Orange County Optometric Society, and the Asian American Optometric Assocation. She is also a member of the highly respected Advisory Board for Coastal Vision Medical Group.

Dr. Julie Chen




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