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How Computers Affect Your Eyes

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Many people spend a lot time sitting in front of their computer screens. For years, parents have been telling their children to move further away from the TV, only to end up with them sitting mere inches away from the computer screen. If you and your family tend to sit at the computer for extended periods of time, then you'll want to learn how the computer can affect your eyes and what you can do to get relief. This article will help by providing you with some useful information.

Your eyes can get red and itchy after a long period at the computer

It's pretty normal for your eyes to get red and itchy if you have spent a good amount of time in front of the computer. It means your eyes are strained. While this isn't something that will necessarily harm your eyes, it is irritating and certainly isn't good for them.

A break and eye drops can help

The best thing you can do for them at this point is to put some eye drops in your eyes and give them a rest from the computer for a while. Also, when you do get up from the computer, do something that doesn't immediately put you right back to focusing on something close up like reading a book, painting a picture or texting on your phone. Instead do something where you will be focusing on things further out by going for a walk, watching a TV that's all the way across the room, or anything else.

Give your eyes breaks while you are on the computer

One thing that you can do that will help to prevent this from happening in the future is to make a habit of looking up from your computer screen every few minutes and focusing on things around the rest of the room. This gives your eyes the break they need so they won't get so strained.

Seek help if your eyes get irritated quickly

If you find that your eyes get red and irritated every time you sit in front of the computer, then you may want to pay a visit to your optometrist. There may be trouble with the way your eyes are focusing, and the optometrist may be able to help. If nothing else, they may be able to give you helpful drops you can put in your eyes to avoid irritation. To learn more about how an optometrist can help you, check out websites like