Eye Strain

Causes, Symptoms, Treatment, and Conditions

In the digital age, with our ever-present smartphones, tablets, game consoles, laptops, desktop computers, and even smart television sets, eye strain – or “computer vision syndrome” – is more common than ever.

Experts tell us that it only takes 2 hours looking at a screen of any kind to put ourselves at risk for eye strain, yet that minimal amount of time is just a drop in a veritable bucket of every day, 21st century screen time.

Thankfully, eye strain is not a serious condition, nor is it unavoidable. By taking the time to learn more about the anatomy of the eye, how the structure processes light, and what happens to create eye strain, we can easily manage and overcome its negative effects. Show More

Bad Habits for Your Eyes

Bad Habits for Your Eyes

We all have habits that are not only bad for our eyes in terms of their appearance, but also in how they feel. Some behaviors to avoid include:

  • Rubbing your eyes. The skin surrounding the eyes is one of the first areas of the skin to show aging. The more you rub your eyes, the more the tiny blood vessels just under the surface break, leading to the formation of dark circles, puffiness, drooping eyelids, and premature crow’s feet.
  • Not wearing sunglasses. Even if you don’t think you need your shades, put them on! Exposing your eyes and eyelids to UV and high-energy visible (HEV) rays increases your risk for cataractsand macular degeneration. Sometimes overcast days are the worst, so don’t neglect to wear good quality dark lenses that block 100% of UV rays.
  • Smoking. There are, of course, many reasons why giving up smokingis your best health option, but smoking also increases your risk of cataracts, macular degeneration, uveitis, diabetic retinopathy, and dry eyes. Statistics indicate that smokers are four times more likely than non-smokers to experience partial or total blindness. Show More

Frederick Earlstein

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Eye Strain

Causes, Symptoms, Treatment, and Conditions

In the digital age, with our ever-present smartphones, tablets, game consoles, laptops, desktop computers, and even smart television sets, eye strain – or “computer vision syndrome” – is more common than ever.

Experts tell us that it only takes 2 hours looking at a screen of any kind to put ourselves at risk for eye strain, yet that minimal amount of time is just a drop in a veritable bucket of every day, 21st century screen time.

Thankfully, eye strain is not a serious condition, nor is it unavoidable. By taking the time to learn more about the anatomy of the eye, how the structure processes light, and what happens to create eye strain, we can easily manage and overcome its negative effects.

With simple, actionable advice to control work space lighting, maintain screens for optimal viewing, and even simply blinking more times an hour, this guide to coping with eye strain can help you work more efficiently while protecting the health of your eyes.

Don’t fall prey to the myths that abound about what and what does not wear out your eyes. If your mother told you that sitting too close to the screen was bad for you, she was actually wrong. What can be bad for you, however, is failing to realize when your eyes need a break or actual correction to function at their optimal level.

The first step toward managing eye strain is to seek a comprehensive eye exam from a qualified physician who can determine if there are any underlying conditions affecting your vision. Once you have a clean bill of health, and potentially a new prescription for eyeglasses, the rest is in your hands!
Written in clear, easy-to-understand language and considering all the many factors that can impact our vision on a day-to-day basis, Eye Strain is a handy guide to managing how you use your eyes – just be sure to read it in good light at the right distance from your face!

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