Computer eye strain: Do your eyes ever feel tired or sore after working on the computer?

Most of us spend a good part of our work day staring at a computer screen and it is only natural that our eyes get tired.  Computer eye strain occurs due to a number of factors.  First of all when focusing on any object at a close distance our eyes must accommodate in order for the object to appear clear.  Accommodation is achieved when the ciliary body changes the form of the elastic lens within our eyes.

Prolonged accommodation causes our eyes to feel tired.  Another major contributor to computer eye strain is dryness.  Studies have shown when we focus on a screen our eyes tend to blink less then normal.  Decreased blinking leads to evaporation of the tear film which normally coats and protects the eyes surface.  Eliminating computer work would certainly fix these issues but for most of us that is not an option.  So instead it can be helpful to take ‘vision breaks’ throughout our work day.  Every 30-60 minutes try to look away from the computer screen and focus your eyes on a distance target or out a window.  This will allow your accommodation to relax and your eyes to blink more naturally. You should also speak with your eye doctor about specialty eyeglasses for the computer. Your eyes will thank you!

From the Optometrists, Opticians and Staff of Rinkov Eyecare Center. Providing quality comprehensive eye exams, contact lenses, glasses, sunglasses and medical treatment of eye disease.  Serving Columbus, Ohio for over 30 years. Downtown Columbus, West Columbus, Dublin, Westerville and Reynoldsburg.

*this advice is general in nature and does not constitute an exam. For specific advice, see your eye doctor.

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