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Are there health affects to staring at a computer screen?

Some of the more common complaints associated with long hours of computer screen exposure include headaches, dry eye syndrome, blurry vision, common eyestrain as well as physical ailments such as shoulder pain, neck pain in back pain. In addition, many people also report a difficulty in focusing at a distance after spending hours in front of a computer screen. One of the simplest and most obvious ways to reduce the effects of eyestrain caused by computer screens is to simply take a break. Pausing every 20 min. or so to rest the eyes by simply looking away into the distance is an effective strategy that can alleviate eyestrain. Most importantly, taking a break every few hours and getting away from the computer is another basic and highly effective way to reduce eyestrain.

Dry eye syndrome is another common byproduct of excessive exposure to computer screens. An easy and effective strategy for dealing with this type of dry eye condition is to simply blink more. Increased blinking frequency helps to moisturize and lubricate the eyes. Another important consideration with regard to reducing the negative effects of computer screen eyestrain is to reduce glare. Adjusting artificial lighting and even window shades can greatly reduce glare on the screen that will ultimately reduce eyestrain.

Finally, it is always a good idea to ensure that contact lens prescriptions and eyeglass prescriptions are up to date. This will further help to alleviate any eyestrain associated with long hours of computer work. Other simple strategies include choosing a comfortable chair and positioning the computer screen so that eyes are in a position that is level with the top of the monitor. By simply looking down at the computer screen, eyestrain can be alleviated. Contact Arizona Eye Center today to learn more about simple common sense strategies designed to improve overall levels of eye health.

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