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Electronic Screens and Eye Strain
April 23, 2019
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Electronic Screens and Eye Strain

How many of you use your computer or electronic screen for many hours during the day? After a while do you find that your eyes feel tired and irritated? Sometimes after hours of being on the computer I notice that I have trouble focusing, my eyes feel really tired, they begin to burn and then start watering. When that happens I just have to close them for a couple of minutes to get relief.

Did you know that computer eye fatigue has become so prevalent that it now has been given the name of Computer Vision Syndrome? Of course it's not just the result of long hours on a computer - it can be any electronic screen - such as a CCTV, television, iPad or Kindle Fire. It's the strain of constant, focused close up vision that stresses the eyes.

The American Optometric Association defines Computer Vision Syndrome as "... 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.

Using our eyes for distance vision - like looking at a building that sits across the street or at a tree that is in full bloom - doesnt' strain our vision. That's why it is important to take frequent breaks from any extended time of close up vision. Get up from your computer or video monitor and move around. At lunch go for a walk instead of checking your e-mail.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms of computer eye fatigue reduce the amount of time you spend at the computer or video monitor. Listen to the news rather than read it on the computer.

Other helpful tips are to blink more often and longer, perform eye exercises such as palming and adjust the brightness and glare of your computer monitor. If your eye symptoms do not go away be sure to call your eye doctor for an eye exam.

For more tips on helping with computer eye fatigue go to:

Tips to Reduce Eye Strain & Eye Irritation

Leslie Degner, RN, BSN

Better Health for Better Vision

www.WebRN-MacularDegeneration.com

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