You Can Reduce Eye Strain from Staring at Screens

For all the time we spend with technology, we're at risk of suffering blurry vision and chronic headaches from computer screens and smartphones.

A recent report confirms that staring at screens too often – and for too long – can result in some serious health risks.

Computer Vision Syndrome affects millions of Americans every year, especially those who earn a living using computer monitors and smartphones. Even people who are active “gamers” are at risk for Computer Vision Syndrome.

Physicians at U.S. HealthWorks offer these tips to help avoid Computer Vision Syndrome, while also getting some much-needed work done:

-- Follow the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and stare at something 20 feet away.

--Consciously blink as often as possible; use lubricating eye drops several times a day.

--Don’t sit too close to the monitor – yet that’s hard to do when you already have blurry vision.

--Use a flat screen with an anti-glare cover – if possible.

--Avoid glare, especially from sunlight.

--Wear glare-reducing or tinted glasses -- but avoid sunglasses; that will create another vision problem. 

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