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The Effects of Computers on the Eye

Created on: Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Author: Dawn L. Williams, O.D., See Clearly Vision

Our world is so much more advanced with the invention and progression of computer technology. More and more of us find ourselves spending the majority of our eight hour work day on our desktops or laptops. When we use computers for long periods of time, we tend not to blink as often as we normally do. The lack of blinking will result in an inconsistent tear film on the surface of the cornea, which can result in ocular discomfort (often reported as a stinging or burning sensation). The eyes may also become red as a result of the ocular irritation. 

In order to prevent these symptoms, eye care professionals recommend that you take frequent breaks; looking away from your monitor every 20 minutes should do the trick. It may also be helpful to instill lubricating drops during work hours to help maintain a healthy tear layer. If none of those options provide relief, see your eye care professional for a proper examination and treatment.


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