High tech devices causing eye strain for many - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/15/10

New high tech devices causing eye strain for many

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By Kristin Beerman | email

Edited by Jon Bush | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – We use all sorts of high tech devices designed to make life easier, faster, and more fun.  From handheld games to laptops to the newly debuted Apple iPad that some call "the future in your hands," but all this high tech convenience comes with a very basic new problem.  Doctors are calling it "Computer Vision Syndrome" to describe the eye strain that comes from too much time staring at a screen.  Prevention can be easy if you take the time to do this:

"Every 20 minutes look away, 20 seconds far off into distance, maybe close your eyes 20 seconds, that will allow your eyes to rest," said Janae Loman, M.D., an ophthalmologist.

If you don't give yourself a break, Dr. Loman says too much screen time can cause dry eyes and muscle spasms, which could lead to other problems.  Likewise, physical therapists say give your body a break every 20 minutes to relieve tension from maintaining the same position with a laptop or texting.  The bottom line is being smart with your smart devices means forcing yourself to take a break every 20 minutes and as more and more kids jump on the mobile tech train, doctors say parents need to make sure their eyes and bodies are getting regular breaks too.

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