Computers and Electronic Devices Can Affect Eye Health and Lead to Serious Dry Eye Symptoms.
Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water Talks with Leading Computer and Vision Care Experts, and Eye Doctors, about Computer Vision Syndrome and Computer Dry eye.
Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water guests who have provided computer eye strain education: Marguerite McDonald, MD; Robert Latkany, MD; Larry Wan, MD; Orbis International, InfantSee, Rebecca Petris, Maya Dolena, Ijose Adetutu and Marge Wingler
Computer eye strain (also called "computer vision syndrome," "CVS" and "computer dry eye") is a frequent topic on the Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water radio talk show. The syndicated show is broadcast exclusively on Internet radio to millions of listeners sitting at computers. Computer eye strain can lead to serious dry eye symptoms. Research proves that proactive education can help prevent these symptoms.
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Here is a compilation of CVS information from Mrs. Kleyne's guest experts: Marguerite McDonald, MD (6-1-09); Robert Latkany, MD (10-8-07 and 7-30-07); Larry Wan, MD (9-14-09), Orbis International (2-11-08), InfantSee (4-28-08), Rebecca Petris (6-27-11), Maya Dolena (7-24-07), Ijose Adetutu (11-9-09) and Marge Wingler (3-19-07).
A computer eye strain quiz (If you answer "yes" to question #1 and at least two others, you may be experiencing CVS).
- Do you use a computer more than two hours a day?
- Do your eyes sometimes burn or itch?
- Are your eyes sometimes light sensitive?
- Does your vision ever become temporarily blurry?
- Do your eyelids frequently become heavy or tired?
- Do you get headaches from computer use?
- Do you have frequent eye allergies?
- Do you have difficulty sleeping at night?
Environmental causes of computer eye strain:
In addition to the intense light of the computer monitor, other office conditions may result in dehydration, dry eye symptoms, eye allergies and computer eye strain symptoms:
- Forced-air heating and cooling.
- Insulated windows and walls.
- Synthetic chemicals (plastics, paint, cleaning fluids, etc).
- Fluorescent lighting.
- Low indoor humidity/dry polluted air.
- Job or personal stress.
- Your personal diet and nutrition.
Minimizing or preventing computer eye strain:
- Keep a bowl of water, or a plant near your desk to help humidify the air. Sip water (from a glass) while you work to humidify your body and eyes.
- Crack a window to let in humid air from the outside. Forced-air heating and cooling contain re-circulated bacteria and skin flora that are dehydrating to eyes and skin.
- Make a conscious effort to blink more often (computer usage tends to drop your blink rate from 30 times a minute to three times a minute, a major cause of dry eye symptoms). Tape the word "BLINK" on your monitor.
- The higher up you position your chair with respect to the monitor, the lower you will keep your eyelids when you look at the screen. This can drastically reduce tear film moisture evaporation and the effect of glare.
- Several times per hour, to relax and refresh your eyes, look around the room at objects of varying distances. Also, take scheduled breaks away from your desk (outdoors if possible).
- To reduce screen glare, position your computer so windows are at the sides rather than in front or back. Also, Adjust window blinds so that sunlight is away from screen and eyes. If possible, turn off fluorescent lights and use a desk lamp.
- If you have a cathode tube monitor, consider attaching a glare-blocking hood or filter to the screen and set the "Refresh Rate" as high as you can (over 85).
- An eye care professional may prescribe special "computer glasses" or, if the condition is serious, moisture retaining eyeglass lenses.
- Take long, luxuriant showers every day that allow plenty of steam and moisture to penetrate your eyes, skin, breathing passages and lungs. Every couple weeks, take a hot body bath with a cup of Epsom salt. This will benefit all parts of your body, including skin, eyelids, skin around the eyes and eyes.
- Keep an all natural, 100% water eye mist next to you computer. Mist the air in front of your eyes for two seconds whenever discomfort is felt (Sharon Kleyne recommends Nature's Tears EyeMist, the show's sponsor, for this, available on Amazon.com).
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