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Computer Eye Strain

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Today we’ll talk about a growing problem around the world as technology enters our lives at work and at home . . . eye strain.

As more people use computers in the workplace and home, complaints of eye fatigue, difficulty focusing and discomfort have become commonplace.

Computer video display terminals don't damage vision, but you might still experience eyestrain. Fortunately, rearranging your computer workstation, taking more frequent rest breaks, or getting proper glasses can often relieve these symptoms, says Academy spokesperson Ruth Williams, M.D.

To pinpoint the cause of your discomfort, first get an eye exam by your ophthalmologist, who can rule out the possibility of eye disease as the cause of your symptoms. You may find you need glasses when working at a computer, or that your prescription needs updating.

Next, take a look at your computer workstation:


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