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September 11, 2013


My eyes feel tired, a bit dry and somewhat irritated. It's the end of a long day at work on a computer with even more computer work waiting for me at home. My eyes start to water on the train ride home, so I close them and give them a break from the constant strain of reading papers, computer screens, and books.

Computer Vision Syndrome

I have been neglecting the advice of many eye specialists and my eyes are suffering from what is now called Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS). Other symptoms of CVS include headaches, blurred vision, eye strain, and neck and shoulder pain.

One of the simplest ways of taking care of your eyes when working for a prolonged period on your computer is to blink. Most people forget to blink when working on spreadsheets, writing a paper, or doing research on their computer. Blinking more often not only lubricates the eyes it also helps to deliver needed nutrients.

I am training in a new nurse who will also be spending many hours every day on the computer. Along with teaching her how we care for our patients, I am also teaching her how to care for her eyes. Find out how often you should take "eye breaks", the best position for your computer monitor, and how eye exercises can improve your eye health:

Reduce Computer Eye Strain

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Leslie Degner, RN, BSN

Better Health for Better Vision

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