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Best Eye Drops For Computer Strain
Computers = eye strain? I spend a lot of time in front of a computer monitor, both at work and at home. Before I log off at night, I often find my eyes feel tired and/or dry. Should I use eye drops, or do I need to get a life away from my computers? Is st
Working: Working at a computer screen for long hours is very tough on the eyes, for two separate reasons: 1) when you concentrate on computer work, most people blink less than they should. Under normal conditions, the average person blinks once every 5 seconds, but when using a computer, many people blink only every 8-10 seconds. This can cause the eyes to feel dry and become red and irritated. The solution is to rest the eyes throughout the day, if only for a few minutes each hour. Eye drops will not help much. Fish or flaxseed oil pills (omega-3's) help a great deal by making the tears a little thicker. 2) if you are over 40, you might benefit from reading glasses while working at the computer. Oftentimes, the reading glasses sold in the drugstore (no prescription needed) will do the trick. ...Read more
My husband works on laptop for 13-14 hours almost daily. Please suggest some over-the-counter eye drops to comfort his computer strained eyes.
Several: As you have discovered, computer work is drying due to low blink rate and the dry atmosphere in offices. Good lubricating drops are helpful. Systane and Refresh are among the best. But always try several others as each individual is different and there may be a "perfect" drop for your husband out there. ...Read more
Warmer: Many people feel the warmer (lower k temperature) colors are more pleasing. There is a setting for this under your monitor control. Also, some feel a slight yellow tint to computer glasses reduces glare and increases contrast. Making sure the resolution is set to a native value on lcd displays makes text sharper as well. ...Read more
I work in front of a computer all day, what can I do to protect my eyes? Hi, I work in front of a computer all day, my eyes often times become very dry. I have very bad vision, and I do prefer wearing contact lenses. I apply eye drops pretty often but th
We've done studies showing the normal blink rate is reduced when people are staring at the computer screen. In effect, they are staring their eyes dry
you need to do all of the following:
thicker preservative free tears
rx for restasis
drink more water and less caffeine and alcohol
cool mist humidifier by your feet
if all these things don't work, or if you find them too much of a pain, then you should just get rid of your contacts with an asa procedure, ie lasek or epilasek, as then your contacts won't keep drying out in your eyes
this is probably the #1 reason my patients (about 1, 000 per year) get lasek--because of contact lens intolerance and dry eyes
you should also see an eye md to check for mybomian gland disfunction, or mgd. Then you would need lid hygiene and perhaps doxycycline
hope this helps! :). ...Read more
Dry eyes issue. Been using eye drops to keep lubrication. Eyes feel sore after prolonged use of computer. Is Computer related job good?
Several things: Have the correct prescription, have the best ergonomic computer screen/chair/desk setup, adjust screen brightness and other display settings according to lighting conditions, take breaks during extended usage, treat dry eye. ...Read more
I have some strain in my eyes after a full day of using computer. I have pds and controlled with xalatan (latanoprost). Should I be concerned of increase in iop?
IOP not a problem: Computer work is tiring and sometimes drying to the outside of the eye. It does not affect the internal components of the eye - especially the internal eye pressure. You might want to keep a bottle of lubricating drops next to the computer for use when you have symptoms and take breaks every 1-11/2 hours to allow the eye to shift focus, but glaucoma is not an issue. ...Read more
Yes, yes, yes!: To use a computer monitor, you need the ability to accommodate or focus up close. Presbyopia is common and can be completely alleviated by use of glasses. Plus, lens tiniting can be used to reduce glare and improve contrast. See you ophthalmologist for a full evaluation and refraction. ...Read more
Tired eyes: The symptoms are usually tired eyes often feeling dry and irritated. Best form of therapy is to rest your eyes every 20 min. ...Read more
I am used to watch computers and mobiles a long time. Now I find my eyes straining to get vision. I get headaches and nausea every evening. I can't fo?
Refraction lubricate: First make sure that you have the proper refraction. At age 45, patients may start to develop presbyopia, the need for glasses to focus close-up. When you use your computer your blink rate will be reduced. This will contribute to dry eye. If your eyes feel scratchy after using your computer for a while I would suggest a lubricating drop prior to and during computer use. ...Read more
Breaks: Have a good computer setup, appropriate screen brightness and font size, proper vision correction with enough breaks to rest your eyes. ...Read more
Variable: Computer eye strain is very common complaint now a days. Also called video or terminal display syndrome results from prolong focus on an electronic display. Usually symptoms of dryness, burning, stinging, fatigue, and blurriness are present. Take frequent breaks, and look away at distant objects. Use artificial tears. Close your eyes for a few minutes are a few suggestions. ...Read more
I have to be on the computer for work for most of my day. Is there an eye exercise that I can do very quickly to alleviate the strain?
Adjust computer dist: Taking a "vision" break every 30 minutes by staring off at a distance helps. So does changing the distance the monitor is from you every so often. Be sure to use artificial tears regularly if you feel a burning sensation. Most importantly, change what you are focusing on regularly (screen, desk, looking out the window, etc.). ...Read more
I use my computer everyday, I think I get an eye strain headache cause it can feel a little pain around my eyes. How long do they last?
I have been experiencing pain/strain within the eyes. My job involves looking at computers. But when I hit the gym, the pain goes away. What is this?
Eye pain: You may be having visual problems and should see an opthalmologist to diagnosis what your problem is. ...Read more
Yes: For people with presbyopia (difficulty with focusing closely), readers can work wonders. What they cannot address however are differences in focus between the eyes or astigmatism. For many people however, otc readers work great and are inexpensive. For the ultimate clarity, see your ophthalmologist and try some custom glasses. ...Read more
24-30": Most monitors today are widescreen aspect ratio and are between 19-22". Having the screen 24-30" is a good compromise between full screen viewing and text size. Good glasses set for this distance should allow effortless viewing. Of course, the larger the monitor the further it should be placed. ...Read more
Breaks/Glasses: To prevent eye strain, take frequent breaks by looking out a window or far off distance. This relaxes the muscle in the eye that is straining to read the computer. Also, light reading glasses may be needed to help you see clearly and avoid strain. Check with your eye doctor if the strain persists as a pair of computer glasses may be helpful. ...Read more
Dry eyes can be bothersome and cause chronic discomfort. There are many therapy options: best to start naturally (warm compresses, diluted baby shampoo scrubs) & move up a "ladder approach" to antibiotic cream, otc artificial tears. More info at: http://eyedoc2020.Blogspot. Com/2013/04/best-step-ladder-approach-to-dry-eye. Html
i hope this helps you! ...Read more
It depends: If you are briefly checking email messages there is less likelihood of eye strain than if you spend an hour in front of the monitor. But if you have dry eyes or an uncorrected prescription (farsightedness, astigmatism, presbyopia), you may experience strain or fatigue much more quickly. ...Read more
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