DECATUR- Electronic devices are a major part of our lives. Most of us spend hours a day with our eyes glued to a computer, cell phone, or TV screen.
But does staying connected mean a "disconnect"for our eyes? It's called digital eye strain and 70 to 75 percent of Americans who work on computers have it.
It means eye and vision problems such as headaches, eye pain, redness, watering, double vision, loss of focus.
The amount of time we spend on computers can cause some major eye some discomfort.
It's generally not permanent damage and there are many steps you can take to prevent it.
Limit your screen time, if you can. And focus on another object. Make sure the screen and room are both bright.
And wear glasses when you are reading, or at a computer. With more and more screen and device time kids and teens are experiencing eye strain too.
Decatur Optometrist Gary Gray says it's become very common. "When you tend to stare at those things, your blink rate goes down," Gray says. "So you go a lot longer between blinks. That's more opportunity for your tears to evaporate. That sets up the dry eye situation where it burns and stings and your vision may fluctuate. And you just get locked into these games and hold your attention and you do it for a lot longer than you think you are."
Also, he says it's a good idea to make sure you are far enough away from your device. Roughly sixteen inches for a phone roughly 20 inches from a computer.
Gray also says to prevent this strain it's a good idea to limit your child's screen time to make sure they are taking breaks from the glow of their devices.
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