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Doctor insights on: Computer Use And Eye Pressure

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Is it bad to massage my eyes when they get tired from computer use?

Is it bad to massage my eyes when they get tired from computer use?

Dry eye: Your eyes are getting dry while you are using the computer. Instead of massaging your eyes, try using artificial tears and taking a short break if possible. Warm compresses of the eyelid are fine but i would avoid firm massaging of your eyes themselves. ...Read more

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Can too much computer use damage my eyes ?

Can  too much computer use damage  my eyes ?

No: Computer use can be fatiguing and commonly is drying (keep a bottle of lubricating drops next to your computer) but will not cause any short or long term harm. ...Read more

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How many hours a day should i limit my computer use to to prevent strained eyes?

How many hours a day should i limit my computer use to to prevent strained eyes?

Computer: You should take a several minute break every 30 minutes. Your blink reflex will be diminished by over 60% at that time resulting in dryness and irritation.With the break it will return to normal.No significant eye damage will occur. ...Read more

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I spend between 12-14 hrs on computer. Eyes jump to the top & then i center them. Occurs only during/after computer use. Is it nystagmus? No shaking.

I spend between 12-14 hrs on computer. Eyes jump to the top & then i center them. Occurs only during/after computer use. Is it nystagmus? No shaking.

Not classic for: Nystagmus. Possibly dry eyes from staring at computer too long and not blinking enough. By looking up, you are partially blinking. Try artificial tears or try more frequent purposeful blinking. ...Read more

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I have farsightedness. So can excessive computer use cause permanent eye damage?

I have farsightedness. So can excessive computer use cause permanent eye damage?

No: Farsightedness can be inconvenient and uncomfortable for computer users, but there is not any evidence that farsightedness and computer use produce eye damage. ...Read more

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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!: First, make sure your glasses are appropriate and the clearest they can be. Adjust your ambient lighting for least glare. Use artificial tears if necessary and practice the 20/20 rule: at least every 20 minutes, look up at something 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. ...Read more

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Seems like massaging eyes with my palms relieves computer eye strain or fatigue. But is it actually harmful? E.g, eye pressure, cornea damage, etc?

Seems like massaging eyes with my palms relieves computer eye strain or fatigue. But is it actually harmful?  E.g, eye pressure,  cornea damage, etc?

Not harmful: Computer eye strain is almost always due to eye dryness from sustained working. A palm massage will not do any harm and serves to spread the tears over the dry eye to relieve the strain. You can also treat this by using lubricating eyedrops when you feel the strain or fatigue. ...Read more