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Computer Savvy? Beware of Dry Eyes!

This generation has spawned more and more people who stare at computer screens on a daily basis. Almost every household has a computer; even most of people’s jobs require them to stare at computers. Little we do know, facing the computer more often can lead us to getting dry eyes. Luckily, this is a problem that can be prevented with a few quick steps.

  1. Remember to blink. We may have noticed that when staring at a computer screen, we blink about half as much as normal. This is because the eyes are not comfortable at looking at monitors. To avoid drying the eyes, it is best to close the eyes for a couple of seconds now and then.
  2. Remember the rule “10-10-10”. For every 10 minutes that you face the computer, take a break and look at something 10 feet away from you for about 10 seconds. This will help your eyes adjust to long distances and help prepare them when you finally get off the computer screen.
  3. Stay back from the computer screen. A good 16 to 24 inches is a good distance. Well, this also depends greatly on the size of the text you’re reading and the size of the computer screen. Just don’t back up too much that you have to strain your sight just to read the text.
  4. The screen settings can be adjusted. Text on a dull screen is actually much easier and comfortable to read than a screen that is too bright and appears glowing. You can change these settings to accommodate your eyes well.
  5. If you can, spend less time on the computer. To be able to get off from a computer screen faster, spend less time doing nonsensical things on the computer. Type your emails faster or have long text printed so you wouldn’t have to stare at the computer screen for a long time.

Such mundane things, like using the computer, can damage the eyes. If you want to learn more on proper eye care and how to treat dry eyes, call us today at 701-235-5200 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Thom.


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