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Computers and Eye Health
August 22, 2012

Computers and Eye Health

How many of you use your computer for many hours during the day? After a while do you find that your eyes just feel tired or start watering?

If you are like me and my husband, we are on the computer all day at work and then find ourselves being on the computer in the evening checking emails, shopping for gifts, writing Macular Degeneration News :) or reading about the latest current events.

The American Optometric Association has given this eye condition a name, Computer Vision Syndrome.

"Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) is the complex of eye and vision problems related to near work which are experienced during or related to computer use."

Computer Eye Strain Symptoms

Our eyes are not meant to be used for constant, close-up or near vision work. Analyzing a chart or reading a report also leads to people staring at the computer for long periods of time and blinking less often. These computer habits lead to symptoms like dry eye, irritated and red eyes, blurred vision, and burning, watering eyes.

Often on my way home from work (sitting on a train and not driving) my eyes start to burn and then they start watering. I love to use this time to catch up on some reading, but now I start my train ride by giving my eyes a break and performing some eye exercises. My favorite one is called Palming. I find my eyes really feel refreshed after I've done this simple exercise and then I vow to do a better job the next day to protect my eyes from computer eye strain with some of these simple tips:

Tips to Reduce Computer Eye Strain

Thanks so much for subscribing to Macular Degeneration News.

Leslie Degner, RN, BSN

Better Health for Better Vision

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