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Computer Vision Syndrome

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Computer Vision Syndrome is a major problem for Americans. Studies show that between 50 to 90 percent of people who spend hours on computers suffer from Computer Vision Syndrome.

From our computers to smart phones, more and more people are spending most of the day staring at a screen and it's taking on toll on their eyes. American workers alone spend in excess of 200 billion hours per year in front of digital screens.

The symptoms can vary from blurred vision and headaches to neck and back pain. Eye strain is the most common symptom of Computer Vision Syndrome (suffered by 82 percent of patients). Our eyes are not designed for long periods of (what's called "near work") looking at a computer screen. Seventy-four percent of patients with Computer Vision Syndrome also experience dry or irritated eyes. And 61 percent of those with Computer Vision Syndrome also suffer from headaches.

In addition, computer characters don't have as much contrast and definition as paper. As our eyes move across the screen, they have to focus and refocus constantly.

But there are some easy ways to correct this problem. Here are some easy steps to prevent Computer Vision Syndrome.

Experts recommend the 20-20-20 rule to help ease symptoms. Every 20 minutes, look away from the screen and focus on something at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds -- or at least close your eyes for 20 seconds.

You can also just get up to get something from the copier.

If that's not enough, there are new special lenses for computer use. Like other lenses, you can get the computer lenses in any frame. Ask your eye doctor if they might be right for you.

Also, remember to blink. Eye doctors estimate that the average person blinks two to three times less often than normal when looking at a computer or hand-held device. Concentrating on blinking more often will help bathe your eyes with therapeutic tears.

Finally, adjust your lighting. Poor lighting is one of the top triggers for Computer Vision Syndrome. The pros suggest you keep bright lighting overhead at a minimum and instead position a desk lamp to shine a lamp on the desk, rather than at you.

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