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Computer Eye Strain

If you find that you are spending more and more time on the computer these day (the Sugar sites are insanely addictive), your eyes might be paying the price.

It seems that when we stare at a computer monitor for extended periods of time we forget to blink. Weird, huh? Not blinking allows the natural moisture in our eyes to evaporate, then we get dry, irritated eyes. Dry eyes can manifest symptomatically in a variety of ways including: double vision, color fringes and heavy, blurry, gritty or fatigued sensations.

One major eye irritant can be a drastic contrast between the brightness of the screen and the area surrounding the screen. So do not work in a dark room or with a bright light directly behind the screen. Also avoid sun glare on your monitor and do not sit in front of a large window.

Try to take a break for 10 minutes once an hour (that is great for the rest of your body too, but might not be possible with your work load) and blink frequently. Go ahead - BLINK a few times RIGHT NOW. Your eyes will thank you.

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Fancy04 Fancy04 9 years
You are right fitsugar.
Robyn-Tang Robyn-Tang 9 years
Oh boy, this takes me back to the research assignment I did on computer eye strain last year haha. I don't get dry eyes but my eyesight is disintegrating like hell. Woo yeah!
vigilante vigilante 9 years
Hah! As if. I have to have eye surgery on the first of March to remove a cyst. They asked me if my work involves computers (uhhhh...yeah...sort of if you don't count the amount of time I fart around doing nothing...) and I said yes. Mostly. And they actually asked me if I could take two weeks off for my eyes to recover! They don't want me using a computer for two weeks! How am I going to live????
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 9 years
Now I have an excuse to sit with my eyes closed for a while! I notice I don't blink when I'm doing CAD work...especially because I'm looking at something small...and I have a BIG screen. I think if I keep working this job, I'll need glasses.
vrico2005 vrico2005 9 years
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