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Doctor insights on: Is It Normal For My Eyes To Get Watery When I Look At A Computer Screen For A Long Time

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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 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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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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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 bad is the computer screen for your eyes?

How bad is the computer screen for your eyes?

Computer screen: There usually is no visual harm from the use of a computer, however if one has a tendency for a dry eye syndrome the constant staring with infrequent blinking can aggravate this. ...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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Will watching a computer screen for long periods of time during my youth increase my risk of blindness in the future?

Will watching a computer screen for long periods of time during my youth increase my risk of blindness in the future?

Computer: I agree with dr chun. Also, take a break every half hour to look at something far away out the window. This relaxes the focus on the eyes to reduce eyestrain. Try to use an artificial tear, such as theratears or systane ultra, every 30 minutes to reduce dry eye, especially late in the day. Blindness is very unlikely from prolonged computer use. ...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?

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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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

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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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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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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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Is it odd to have a loss of vision after looking at a computer screen for an extended period of time?

Is it odd to have a loss of vision after looking at a computer screen for an extended period of time?

Very common: Blurry vision is common after extended computer use. Computer vision syndrome occurs when individuals stare at screens and increasing amounts of tear film evaporate causing dry eye. The dry eye can blur your vision. Additionally staring at one location for extended periods of time causes a strain in your accommodation that can cause blurry vision. ...Read more

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At a computer screen for so long can also cause cataracts?

At a computer screen for so long can also cause cataracts?

No: Cataracts are the "greay hair" of the eyes. Everyone gets them as they age. Certain chemicals (steroids, chemotherapy) and exposure to high levels of ultraviolet radiation may speed up their development, but monitors and television sets do not emit significant enough amounts of energy to increase growth of catatracts. ...Read more

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Is it ok to stare at computer screen with dialiated eyes?

Is it ok to stare at computer screen with dialiated eyes?

Yes: Trying to read or use a computer after receiving dilating drops in the eyes may be difficult, but will not be damaging. ...Read more

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Would computer screen adjustments help keep my eyes from getting tired?

Would computer screen adjustments help keep my eyes from getting tired?

Computer glasses: You probably need computer glasses at age 47. You can also make the font size larger. ...Read more

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Please explain if it is safe for babies' eyes to see tv or computer screen?

Please explain if it is safe for babies' eyes to see tv or computer screen?

No issue: This will do no harm. You must have an unusual baby who would site for a long time looking at a computer screen. ...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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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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Is the computer screen hurting my eyes?

Is the computer screen hurting my eyes?

Common notion: There is a frequent notion that steady use of video screens can cause some eye issues. While fatigue is common and dryness as well, there is no permanent or serious harm that can result. ...Read more

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How bad for your eyes is the computer screen?

How bad for your eyes is the computer screen?

Computer screen: There usually is no visual harm from the use of a computer, however if one has a tendency for a dry eye syndrome the constant staring with infrequent blinking can aggravate this. ...Read more

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How far away should your computer screen be from your eyes?

How far away should your computer screen be from your eyes?

Adjust to comfort: Depends on font, screen height and size vs. Chair height and size, how much refractive error/correction. Go for an ergonomic setup. ...Read more

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What is the correct distance to keep your eyes from the computer screen?

What is the correct distance to keep your eyes from the computer screen?

There is none: The best distance is that which is most comfortable for you. Some people prefer to be slightly closer, while others prefer to be further back from the monitor. There is no risk for eye damage from modern screens, although staring for long period can cause strain and dry eyes. The key is regular breaks to relax the eyes, and glasses and lubricant eye drops if needed for best comfort. ...Read more