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Why Computer Use Can Cause Dry Eye & Eye Strain


Do you work a job where you look at a computer all day? Have you ever thought about how much you look at that screen - like really counted the hours per day? One hundred years ago, humans didn't stare at screens all day. Maybe our bodies will evolve and get genetically used to the strain, but right now, many people suffer from dry eye syndrome through too much computer use. Repeatedly staring at a screen can cause dry eye and eye strain. Fishman and Sheridan Eye Care Specialists in Leesburg, Eustis, and Clermont, FL, can offer suggestions for keeping your eyes healthy.

Dry Eye Symptoms

How do you know if you are suffering from dry eye or eye strain due to computer use? Blurry, itchy, and burning eyes are all signs of dry eye syndrome. You may also experience frequent headaches.

Why Computer Use Gives You Dry Eye

When you were a kid, you probably played a game where you and a friend stared at each other, and the one that blinked first was the loser. Studies have shown that when you look at a computer screen, you blink 50% less than when you are doing something else. This lack of hydration dries out your eyes.

What We Can Do For You

What are some options for preventing dry eye and eye strain? If you wear glasses, our ophthalmologist may suggest glasses with anti-reflective coatings. If you don't wear glasses, we may suggest wearing blue-light-blocking glasses to shield your eyes from computer glare. We can also prescribe a good hydrating eye drop to help keep your eyes moist. In extreme cases, we may prescribe oral medication to help prevent inflammation.

Dry Eye Treatment in Leesburg, Eustis, and Clermont, FL 

You don't have to live with itchy, achy eyes. Visit an eye doctor at Fishman and Sheridan Eye Care Specialists in Leesburg, Eustis, and Clermont, FL, and kiss dry eyes goodbye!

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