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Today’s Technology Causes More Eye Strain | Long Island Eye Doctor

Dr. Joel Kestenbaum

With the creation and success of computers, tablets and e-readers, technology rules our world.  The computer can help us keep in touch with family and friends and e-readers are a nice way to sit down and relax while reading a book – even if it’s not a “traditional” book.  The workplace has more employees utilizing computers and children at school are using computers much more often throughout the day. There are even more individuals that do work at home because they can do it on the PC.

Many studies have shown that computer use leads to much more strain on your eyes.  Being in front of the computer for extended periods of time can cause computer vision syndrome, or computer vision fatigue. This can cause you to lose focus and have tired eyes, a headache as well as double vision.

Ways to Reduce Eye Strain

Thankfully, there are ways that you can reduce the strain that you put on your eyes and brain from prolonged computer usage.

  1. Use adequate lighting.  There should be little no outside light coming in.  Inside lighting should be evenly lit.
  2. Minimize glare. This is a common problem with eye strain related to computer use.  If there are reflections, you are going to strain to see the screen.  Cover windows or have the window to the side so there are no reflections on your computer screen.
  3. Take breaks frequently.  To reduce pain in your shoulders, back and neck as well as eye strain, take breaks frequently during the day.  Mini-breaks throughout the day are needed to reduce eye strain.  Use the 20/20/20 rule.  Twenty minutes of work, 20 seconds of rest and look at least 20 feet away.  Take this time to not just rest your eyes but stretch your arms, back, legs, shoulders and neck as well.
  4. Adjust the height of your workstation.  Believe it or not, improper posture doesn’t just contribute to back, neck and shoulder pain, but it can also contribute to eye strain.  Make sure your workstation is at the proper height and ensure that your computer screen is at least 24 inches from your eyes.

If the eye strain doesn’t seem to improve, you may consider speaking with one of our eye doctors at Optix Family Eyecare Center in Plainview, Long Island about getting a pair of computer glasses or reading glasses. These eyeglasses are specifically designed and optimized using special coatings and tints for those that sit in front of a computer for extended periods of time.  Eye strain relief is possible.  Why suffer?

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