|Computer eye strain is becoming more prevalent as the amount of time sitting in front of a computer increases. In fact it has become so prevalent it now has it's own diagnostic name of Computer Vision Syndrome.|
Many people, including myself, sit in front of a computer all day at work only to go home and spend a few more hours at the computer checking e-mail, working on this website :), shopping, reading the daily news, etc.
Eye strain from long hours at the computer manifests itself with these common symptoms:
eyes feeling tired or heavy,
dry eyes, or
Computer eye fatigue is not just from computer use - it is also the result improper lighting, where and how your computer screen is positioned and the way you look at your computer screen.
There are several things you can do to reduce computer eye fatigue. According to Dr. Marc Grossman,"Many of these symptoms can be reduced through a combination of
correcting workstation conditions,
stress-relieving lenses prescribed specifically for computer operation,
special anti-glare screens,
eye exercises and
For more information on steps you can take to prevent Computer Vision Syndrome click here:
Did you know that there are exercises for computer users?
I started researching more about Computer Vision Syndrome and how to take care of my eyes when I started experiencing some of these symptoms myself.
After spending long hours on the computer my eyes would feel really tired, the words on my computer screen appeared blurry, and I needed to use my reading glasses more frequently.
The book that I found most helpful is by Marc Grossman, OD, L.Ac. and Michael Edson,MS, L.Ac. (who frequently contributes to this website by answering questions from readers) called Natural Eye Care: Your Guide to Healthy Vision.
One exercise that I particularly like and that really feels good is called Palming. This exercise helps me to relax my eyes and I try to do it everyday.
There are several other exercises that benefit our eyes. To hear more about what Michael Edson has to say and to learn about eye strengthening exercises click here: