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Computer Vision Syndrome

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Wendy Damonte
Channel 2 News

Peter Johnson spends about 5 hours a day working at his computer. All that time staring at the monitor took its toll. "I found that my eyes got very tired from it the screen began to blur."

Johnson suffers from Computer Vision Syndrome which you can get not only from extended use of your computer, but also from other digital devices like smart phones.

Symptoms include eye fatigue, eye strain, blurred vision, headaches, dry, itchy eyes, burning and tearing.

There's not much most of us can do about the amount of time we spend on our computers and phones, but there are things we can do to make our eyes feel better.

Doctors say to follow the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, look up and focus on something at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds to allow your eyes to rest. "It will allow the muscles to relax and take the strain off the muscles you'll end up feeling a lot better at the end of the day," says Dr. Christopher Starr.

When we're at the computer, doctors say we blink about 60% less than normal - drying out our eyes. They recommend using eye drops or simply blinking more. "It sounds silly it sounds like something we should be doing subconsciously, but when you're on the computer and you're working the blink rate does go down substantially," says Dr. Starr.

Johnson found relief using reading glasses designed specifically for the distance between his eyes and the screen. "It was stunning how quickly that strain disappeared."

And with the strain gone, he can now focus completely on his work.

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