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AVOID VISUAL STRESS WHILE WORKING AT THE COMPUTER PART 3



If you are a computer user you should have near vision skills examined at your working distance.  While you are improving your skills at the computer, your eyes are working on aiming, teaming, and focusing-skills needed to see what you're doing.  As a result you will use high levels of visual energy and muscle effort.  

If you are experiencing "tired eyes" or "eyestrain", manifested in double vision, blur or headache, you may need visual therapy, a prescriptions change or specific near point management evaluation.  To learn more about this, check with your optometrist or ophthalmologist.  

In the meantime, take frequent, brief rest breaks.  Eye irritation is common computer user complaint, particularly by those who wear contact lenses.  Since offices usually have poor air circulation and you tend to stare at a computer, your body tends to blink less causing "dry eye" and other problems.  To avoid this, try to consciously blink your eyes more often and use proper prescribed eye drops, if needed.  

Also, take brief rests of about 5 to 10 seconds in length every 20 minutes.  This allows tear film recovery, muscles to relax, and lessens tension and fatigue.  Most visual stress conditions are preventable and with a few simple corrections you will leave your computer feeling much less stressed and more energetic to go on to other activities.


*Today's suggestions are part of an on-going series based on information from Dr. James J. Hilligan and Dr. C. Steven Kocks, optometrists in Saginaw, Michigan.

posted on: 5/8/2012 12:00:00 PM by Judy Warmington
category: The Mental Side


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