Computer Vision Syndrome - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/14/07

Computer Vision Syndrome

Do you spend a lot of your day staring at a computer? Then, after a while your eyes feel tired and dry and your vision gets blurry and sometimes you get a headache. If all those symptoms sound familiar, you may have a high tech problem, computer vision syndrome.

"Our eyes are not made to look at a screen, 20-24 inches away from us, 8 hours a day. It brings out the worst in your eyes," said Dr. Jay Schlanger, optometrist

But Dr. Schlanger says there are some simple solutions to deal with computer vision syndrome. First, if you already wear glasses, make sure you have the right prescription and lens designed for computer use. Contact wearers can switch to a new generation of silicone hydrogel lenses now that help keep your eyes from getting dry. He adds even something as simple as changing the type of eye drops or contact solution you use can refresh your eyes if you have developed an allergic response to the old one.

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