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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

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.

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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.

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.

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What is the best color combination on my computer to help reduce eye strain?

What is the best color combination on my computer to help reduce eye strain?

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.

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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

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: 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: punctal plugs 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! :).

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Dry eyes issue. Been using eye drops to keep lubrication. Eyes feel sore after prolonged use of computer. Is Computer related job good?

Dry eyes issue. Been using eye drops to keep lubrication. Eyes feel sore after prolonged use of computer. Is Computer related job good?

There are: More specific treatments for dry eyes. visit your OPTHAMOLOGIST for an exam and specific Treatment!!! Then take the job (if it's worthwhile) Your dry eyes SHOULD NOT PREVENT YOU from taking a job you are qualified for! Dr Z

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Can computer glasses really reduce eye strain?

Can computer glasses really reduce eye strain?

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.

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Which computer monitors cause least eye strain?

Which computer monitors cause least eye strain?

LED: Led monitors provide good contrast. Be sure to use a resolution so you can easily see the text.

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How can I reduce eye strain while using the computer?

How can I reduce eye strain while using the computer?

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.

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How can you reduce eye strain while using the computer?

How can you reduce eye strain while using the computer?

Breaks: Have a good computer setup, appropriate screen brightness and font size, proper vision correction with enough breaks to rest your eyes.

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Is there a way to reduce eye strain when using the computer?

Is there a way to reduce eye strain when using the computer?

Yes: Our eyes are designed to see things in 3d. When you look at a computer/book etc for a long time (a 2d surface) you can strain your eyes or get dry eyes. Every 20 minutes rest your eyes for 20 seconds by looking at something at least 20 feet away.

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How long does it take to recover from eye strain caused by using the computer?

How long does it take to recover from eye strain caused by using the computer?

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.

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Can you suffer eye strain if you have been on the computer for couple of hours?

Yes: Our eyes are designed to see things in 3d. When you look at a computer/book etc for a long time (a 2d surface) you can strain your eyes or get dry eyes. Every 20 minutes rest your eyes for 20 seconds by looking at something at least 20 feet away.

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Is there a way to reduce computer-use related eye strain and still use a computer 6-8 hrs a day?

Yes: Our eyes are designed to see things in 3d. When you look at a computer/book etc for a long time (a 2d surface) you can strain your eyes or get dry eyes. Every 20 minutes rest your eyes for 20 seconds by looking at something at least 20 feet away.

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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.).

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What are the symptoms of eye strain from playing video games and using the computer?

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.

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How can you reduce eye strain at the computer?

How can you reduce eye strain at the computer?

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.

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Are the effects of computer eye strain temporary?

Yes: Our eyes are designed to see things in 3d. When you look at a computer/book etc for a long time (a 2d surface) you can strain your eyes or get dry eyes. Every 20 minutes rest your eyes for 20 seconds by looking at something at least 20 feet away.

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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?

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.