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Extended computer use damaging your eyes

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If you are someone who spends multiple hours in front of the computer screen, you run the risk of developing Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS). It is the strained, tired or irritated feeling in your eyes when you spend periods of time staring at your computer monitor or your phone.

Doctor Jeffrey Bohn works at DeHaven Eye Clinic and says this syndrome is very common. It affects between 64 and 90 percent of computer workers.

"It's a consolation of eye syndromes that people can get from looking at the computer screen," Dr. Bohn said.

Symptoms can include one or more of the following: eye strain, redness, irritation, dryness, burning, blurred or double vision, headaches, or neck and shoulder pain.

One of the easiest ways to alleviate the pain is to take breaks from the computer, looking away and letting your eyes rest. But Dr. Bohn says he understands that is not always an option.

"I think it's impractical to think we can look away for 5 to 10 minutes if were on the job and were working so we have to tailor the treatment based on the patient," Bohn said.

The best way to avoid CVS is to make sure your prescription is right if you have contacts or glasses, use eye drops if you have dryness of the eyes and adjust your posture so you are looking straight forward and slightly down at your computer.

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