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How long after an eye exam should I wait to look at a computer screen?

How long after an eye exam should I wait to look at a computer screen?

Any time is ok: If dilated, it can be more difficult but not harmful to see a computer screen (also light sensitivity) since no accommodation and pupils are large until it wears off...Depends on drops used and iris pigment. ...Read more

Dr. David Chandler
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Eye Exam (Definition)

An eye exam consists of checking the vision. If this is not normal a manifest refraction is done to determine if any glasses are needed. This is the test where the patient is asked which lens is better number one or two. Then the health of the eye is evaluated with a microscope called a slit lamp. To be able to see the back of the eye, the retina, ...Read more


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Is it normal for my eyes to get watery when I look at a computer screen for a long time?

Is it normal for my eyes to get watery when I look at a computer screen for a long time?

You bet!: When we stare at something for a long time (computer screen, book, wall) we decrease the amount of blinking per minute. Blinking pushes water on the eye (reverse windshield wiper) to coat it. When you don't blink, the eye dries and sends a signal to the tear gland to produce more tears in order to protect the eye. It is a sign that you are staring too long. Try a break or artificial tears. ...Read more

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What makes staring at a computer screen for a long time bad for your eyes?

What makes staring at a computer screen for a long time bad for your eyes?

Dryness: Staring at a computer can dry out the tear film and lead to dryness. Taking short breaks, using artificial tears, and remembering to blink can help relieve symptoms. ...Read more

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Can eye strain from looking a computer screen for too long cause nystagmus?

Can eye strain from looking a computer screen for too long cause nystagmus?

No: Nystagmus is an "internal" condition that is built in to the wiring of your eyes and brain. "external" issues such as fatigue or looking in certain directions can cause nystagmus to appear worse or more evident, but they cannot cause nystagmus to develop. ...Read more

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Can staring at a computer screen for too long create a lot of stress in your eyes which can lead to pain?

Can staring at a computer screen for too long create a lot of stress in your eyes which can lead to pain?

Perhaps: If you require correction (glasses, bifocals, contacts.. ..) and are not wearing these while at the computer you may have eye strain or even develop headaches. You should be checked by an eye doctor. Also dry eye could cause these symotoms - they can check for this too. ...Read more

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Is it possible that looking at a computer screen for too long every day, cause one eye to be constantly red?

Is it possible that looking at a computer screen for too long every day, cause one eye to be constantly red?

Dry eyes!: Yes, concentration work such as on a computer can cause the eyes to dry and turn red. Start with artificial tears routinely (one drop 4 times a day every day), oral omega-3's, and warm compresses. Next, medicated drops (restasis, mild steroid drops, NSAID drops) or punctal occlusion may be helpful. ...Read more

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How long can you be in front of computer screen without getting stressed or having eye strain?

How long can you be in front of computer screen without getting stressed or having eye strain?

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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I have a constant scintillating scotoma that happens every time I look at a computer screen that is not "glassy" recently saw eye doc, no eye problems?

I have a constant scintillating scotoma that happens every time I look at a computer screen that is not "glassy" recently saw eye doc, no eye problems?

Usually Unrelated: Since you seem to be well educated as to how to use the term "scintillating scotoma" and aware of what appears to trigger the same then, you must've done enough reading or been told by the eye doc that such a symptom is much less likely associated with eye problems than it is with headache problems such as aura of a migraine. Back to the primary for a more definitive referral if necessary. ...Read more

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Is watching tv or computer screen at low distance harmful for eyes. Can I go blind?

Is watching tv or computer screen at low distance harmful for eyes. Can I go blind?

No danger: Although it can cause eye strain and discomfort, there is no risk of blindness from being too close to a computer monitor or television. The real question is: why would you be sitting so close? You may need glasses, and could benefit from an eye examination. ...Read more

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Computer screen becomes fuzzy late at night? Eye problem?

Don't overuse: Excessive staring at a computer screen will result in severe fatigue and blurring of vision. Shorten exposure times, use melanin filtered reading lenses, avoid over-bright screens should help. Keeping eyes rested and moisturized is helpful in reducing symptoms of severe eyestrain. ...Read more

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Does staring at a computer screen ruin your eyes or is that a myth?

Myth: Computer screen images are not harmful. Continuous use can be fatiguing and is commonly dyring. But there is no long term harm possible. Otherwise we eye doctors would crowd around redmond washington (home of microsoft) and set up shop. ...Read more

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Could sitting a farther distance from a computer screen help prevent potential eye problems?

No, take breaks: The distance from the screen has nothing to do with the effect of the light on your eyes/retina What you need to do instead is make sure you take breaks. 5-10 minutes every hour away from the screen/light is adequate to rest the eyes. Don't pick up your cell phone during that time - best is to actually close eyes and let them rest, but can also just stretch, take a walk, etc. ...Read more

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Does viewing a computer screen cause permanent eye damage/degradation at a faster-than-normal rate?

Does viewing a computer screen cause permanent eye damage/degradation at a faster-than-normal rate?

Not really: It is a good idea to keep a normal distance to prevent the effects of radiation from the screen,

the effects on the eyes have not been reported in the literature to the best of my knowledge. ...Read more

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Why does my vision suddenly look convex? First on my computer screen now occasional on walls or floor. Also seeing double in R eye, one over the other

Why does my vision suddenly look convex? First on my computer screen now occasional on walls or floor. Also seeing double in R eye, one over the other

Double vision: There are dozens of things that can cause double vision. This could related to your scleritis and lower extremity changes. It is best to get an exam to eliminate any significant diagnoses. Start with a neurologist or ophthalmologist. Good luck. ...Read more

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Eyes blurry when looking at computer screen, clear when looking at surroundings and currently burning. What's happening, what to do?

Eyes blurry when looking at computer screen, clear when looking at surroundings and currently burning. What's happening, what to do?

Try this: Your eyes may be drying out when you are looking at the computer. Try some artificial tears to see if this helps clear your vision. The other possibility is that you need glasses. You could try +1.00 over-the-counter reading glasses for this. Good luck! ...Read more

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Please tell me, could computer screen cause permanent eye damage?

Please tell me, could computer screen cause permanent eye damage?

No: This has been tested hundreds of times and there is no harm. There is sometimes eye dryness and fatigue but these can be helped. ...Read more

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How should I deal with eye irritation from computer screen?

How should I deal with eye irritation from computer screen?

Try artificial tears: Eye irritation from computer use may be due to dryness from inadequate blinking. You might try more frequent breaks, cold compresses and over the counter artificial tears. Also make sure you are wearing the proper glasses, position your monitor at eye level to help avoid eye strain and headaches. ...Read more

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Does staring at a computer screen ruin your eyes or cause cancer?

Neither: It may be tiring and sitting too long may not be good for the weight, however, looking at a computer screen by itself is not harmful to your health. You can help yourself by taking short breaks, even better if you can take short walks. ...Read more

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Why have I been having trouble focusing my eyes on the computer screen?

Eye dryness: You might have developed a need for eyeglasses but the most common cause of loss of focus at the computer is eyedryness. Try using a teardrop at you convenience next to the computer. ...Read more

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What to do if I have headaches and eye pain from computer screen, what can I do?

What to do if I have headaches and eye pain from computer screen, what can I do?

Possibly glasses: Given your age, it's possible you may need glasses for help with near vision. This usually develops around age 40. You could try buying a low power of over-the-counter reading glasses at the drug store, power of +1.00 or +1.25, and see if this helps. Ultimately an eye exam can confirm if this is the case or if you are having another issue. ...Read more

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Expert opinion please: could staring at the computer screen for 8+ hrs make your eyes itchy?

Expert opinion please: could staring at the computer screen for 8+ hrs make your eyes itchy?

Perhaps: It is commonly believed that radiation from a computer monitor can damage the eyes. This is false. You may develop eye strain from prolonged computer time or your eyes can become dry and irritated, because you don't blink as much when reading or watching a monitor/tv. The monitor radiation itself will not damage your eyes, though. ...Read more

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What can cause text to appear to be 3D or moving on my computer screen, when it is not? It hurts my eyes, and makes me nauseated.

What can cause text to appear to be 3D or moving on my computer screen, when it is not? It hurts my eyes, and makes me nauseated.

Vision issues: You may be getting eyestrain from prologed computer use. I recommend taking a 5-10 minute break every hour of computer use. You are on medications which may be contributing to it. If your symptoms persist, see your doctor. ...Read more

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In the mornings up to a certain time I sneeze a lot and in front of a computer screen my eyes water condition worsens if wind blows. What should I do?

Allergies: You are describing typical symptoms of allergic rhinoconjunctivitis. Your mucous membranes in the nose and your eyes are irritated upon contact with an environmental allergen and may also be irritated by dryness, pollutants because of the priming effect of allergies. See an ENT physician who practices allergies and get some allergy tests done to identify the offending allergen (s) ...Read more

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Would staring at a computer screen all day give you bad eye sight?

Would staring at a computer screen all day give you bad eye sight?

Don't overuse: Excessive staring at a computer screen will result in severe fatigue and blurring of vision. Shorten exposure times, use melanin filtered reading lenses, avoid over-bright screens should help. Keeping eyes rested and moisturized is helpful in reducing symptoms of severe eyestrain. ...Read more