Beware Of Tired Eyes

For those who spend long hours looking at a computer screen, eye strain is a common problem.  You are at risk of developing computer vision syndrome (CVS) if you use the computer frequently for work, studies or play. This is an increasing problem in the information age.

 

Computer Usage

CVS affects almost everyone in these days and prevention is increasingly difficult in an era where a person typically uses a computer for at least few hours or more a day. When our eye muscles hold on to a tensed position to maintain focus for a long period, our eyes are terribly stressed. Our eyes blinks up to 60% less when we are staring at the computers.

This causes the formation of dry spots on the cornea which causes discomfort and eye dryness. This condition is made worse if the person is working in an air-conditioned environment or has pre-existing dry eyes.

If CVS is left untreated, it may affect the individual’s work productivity and may result in aches in the neck or shoulders. Symptoms include itchy, dry eyes, tired eyes, headache, or double or blurred vision.

 

Here are some helpful tips:

  • Blink regularly to prevent your eyes from drying out.
  • Take frequent breaks by looking at a distant object for 30 seconds after looking at the computer screen for 20 minutes.
  • Use lubricant eye drops (or artificial tears) to moisten your eyes and relieve dryness.
  • Take foods which are high in antioxidant to protect against free radicals

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