What the Yuck: Will looking at a computer make me blind? – Table

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I watch my computer at least 14 hours a day. Am I going to go blind?

Staring at a computer screen can certainly cause eye strain and fatigue, but you won’t go blind. Instead, your eyes may be tired, or you may experience eye pain or a headache. And of course, squinting can lead to wrinkles.

There are a few things you can do to help your eyes. Look away from your computer screen every 20 minutes or so to give your eyes a break. Just glance outside or down the hall for about 20 seconds; repeat this movement throughout the day.

To minimize eye and neck pain, position your computer screen slightly below eye level; the ideal distance between you and the screen is 20 to 28 inches. In this position, you shouldn’t have to lean forward or cran your neck to view the screen. Adjust the location or angle of your computer screen so that there is no glare, or get an anti-glare filter. Glare on a screen forces your eyes to work even harder.

Of course, it’s important to see your eye doctor once a year to check for changes in your eyesight and update your glasses and contact lenses accordingly. Depending on your needs, they can even prescribe reading glasses for you to use, especially when working on a computer.

Copyright Health Review 2011

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