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Does spending your whole day looking at computer screen make you wear glasses?

Does spending your whole day looking at computer screen make you wear glasses?

No: You may need glasses to view a computer screen in proper focus, but the continued use of a video screen will not cause a change in the eye which will require glasses. ...Read more

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I have been neasuated and dryheaving for 3 days im not prego. Could it be bc I look at computer screen for 40 hr a week?

I have been neasuated and dryheaving for 3 days im not prego. Could it be bc I look at computer screen for 40 hr a week?

Unlikely: It would be very unlikely that your computer work would cause nausea and vomiting.A more likely explanation would be a stomach virus or something you ate. It is important that you stay hydrated. Tea, especially peppermint tea with honey can help as can ginger and ginger ale. The BRATT diet (bananas, rice, applesauce, tea, and toast) is easy on your stomach. Avoid dairy. See a doctor if not able to hydrat ...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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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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Could looking at a computer screen all day ruin one's vision?

Could looking at a computer screen all day ruin one's vision?

No: Continuous computer use can be fatiguing but is not harmful. Otherwise eye doctors would set their offices across the street from apple and microsoft and be busy all day. ...Read more

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Why is it hard to look at a computer screen with contact lens on?

Why is it hard to look at a computer screen with contact lens on?

Dryness: When we concentrate on our computer work or reading we do not blink as often as normally and contact lenses get dry. This means also somewhat blurry and less comfortable. This is especially true in winter when air indoors is drier. Remember that contacts float on our tear film and that blinking re-wets them and the cornea with every blink, . ...Read more

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Is it common to get blurry vision when looking at a computer screen?

Is it common to get blurry vision when looking at a computer screen?

Frequently: We normally blink around 1000 times per hour, but when you stare at a computer your blink rate may go down and tears evaporate faster. The surface tension of the tears is what creates a smooth surface for bending (refracting) light, so when your eyes are dry things go in and out of focus when you blink. Use artifical tears. Try to lower the computer screen, so there is less surface area to dry out. ...Read more

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Is it bad to wear farsighted glasses to look at a computer screen at work?

Is it bad to wear farsighted glasses to look at a computer screen at work?

No: No, it probably makes your workday much easier to actually be able to see near targets like printed material and computer screens. Anyone over the age of 15 cannot affect the degree of their refractive error or the health of their eyes in general by wearing glasses or not, so don't be afraid to use your glasses if you cannot get through the day without them. ...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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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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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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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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Lately I feel dizy when looking at a computer screen or reading on a bus. Sometimes my legs feel weak while walking. What can be the reason?

Lately I feel dizy when looking at a computer screen or reading on a bus. Sometimes my legs feel weak while walking. What can be the reason?

Many things: Dizziness & feeling weak are common complaints with many possible causes. Given our weather lately, the main reason people can feel this way is dehydration, so drink water! Can also be from such things as anemia, diabetes, medications, inner ear infections, and so on. The best approach is if they continue or cause trouble is to get a good history and appropriate physical exam. Likely to get answer. ...Read more

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Why do I constantly close my right eye while looking at a computer screen or other screens but don't have pain? Only have tremors. I wear glasses too.

Why do I constantly close my right eye while looking at a computer screen or other screens but don't have pain? Only have tremors. I wear glasses too.

Focus: You may have a stronger glasses prescription in the right eye or may need new glasses. Seek help soon from your local eye doctor. ...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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I was hit in the eye/eyebrow area and have some light sensitivity when looking at a computer screen. Is this serious or just a result of swelling?

Both-See your eye Dr: Any trauma warrants inspection through a slitlamp microscope. It could be because your cornea may have an abrasion on it, or you may have other issues involved regarding your Iris or people. It's hard to guess without doing a dilated fundiscopic exam, or seeing your eye doctor first. Good luck! ...Read more

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Something like a scintillating scotoma when looking very close to computer screen or tv. Stops when I move away. Also doesn't happen anywhere else?

Something like a scintillating scotoma when looking very close to computer screen or tv. Stops when I move away. Also doesn't happen anywhere else?

Normal: This is a normal phenomenon that many people experience, especially looking with peripheral vision near a screen with a lower refresh rate. Newer screens and tvs with faster refresh rates cause this to a much lesser degree.
On the bright side, people usually experience this only when their visual system is finely tuned.
It can be a fun trick to share with friends. Good luck. ...Read more

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Started Effexor (venlafaxine) 37.5mg three days ago, I started getting mild blurred vision from it especially when looking at computer screens. Will this go away?

Started Effexor (venlafaxine) 37.5mg three days ago, I started getting mild blurred vision from it especially when looking at computer screens. Will this go away?

Maybe: Blurred vision, especially when trying to focus, can be a side effect. It sometimes goes away, and sometimes doesn't (but it certainly goes away when you stop the Effexor (venlafaxine).) To some this is minor and tolerable; to others it is intolerable, and they have to switch. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get accurate visual field test with macular pucker decline in visual acuity, lights less bright & white computer screen looking gray?

Is it possible to get accurate visual field test with macular pucker decline in visual acuity, lights less bright & white computer screen looking gray?

Usually it is fine: You have defects in the central visual portion of your field of view - an area poorly outlined by most field testing devices. Field tests will define major defects which largely will register from the peripheral areas tested. Have you had a field tested in the past? Is there some condition being sought for with a field.? Your ophthalmologist would not order a field if he doubts the result. ...Read more

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Today around lunch I suddenly got dizzy after looking at computer screen, had headache and vomited 3 times. Took tylenol, (acetaminophen)drank gatoraid & slept, feel better now. Migraine? My mom & bro had them.

Today around lunch I suddenly got dizzy after looking at computer screen, had headache and vomited 3 times. Took tylenol, (acetaminophen)drank gatoraid & slept, feel better now. Migraine? My mom & bro had them.

Probably: This certainly could have been a migraine, and your positive family history of migraines increases the likelihood that this was a migraine headache. Try to avoid sleep-deprivation, hunger, thirst, or prolonged computer work without a break, and also avoid any foods or other things which clearly seem to trigger the headaches. Your doctor can help with treatment medications. ...Read more

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I have what I belive is a scintillating scotoma every time I look at certain computer screens. Should I worry about bigger neurological issues?

I have what I belive is a scintillating scotoma every time I look at certain computer screens. Should I worry about bigger neurological issues?

No: I would still recommend having a complete, dilated eye exam by an ophthalmologist to look for any related problems. May be getting ocular migraines… should have it checked out. ...Read more

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How bad is it to stare at your computer screen all day long?

How bad is it to stare at your computer screen all day long?

Not: Staring at a computer screen all day long can exacerbate eye dryness, induce eye strain, possible worsening of myopia in a young person due to constant accommodative state, but shouldn't cause vision loss. ...Read more

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