- Look down, not up. Tilt your screen slightly downward so its center is about 4 to 8 inches below eye level. Otherwise, you'll have to put a masseuse on full-time retainer. (Hmmm, not a bad idea.)
- Take a break. Every 15 minutes, look from side to side. Then, gaze into the distance. Do some shoulder rolls as you look around, so you get a nice neck stretch, too.
- Stand up. Take a 10-minute bathroom break at least every 2 hours, even if you don't have to go. Walk there, back, or anywhere, letting your eyes idle. Make phone calls on your cell (use a wireless or corded headset) and walk as you talk, letting your eyes wander. Do anything that doesn't involve intense focusing.
- Use eye drops. You blink less when you're staring at a screen. Result: dry eyes. Squeeze in preservative-free artificial tears as needed.
- Check your glasses. Driving glasses may keep you from plowing into the car ahead of you, and magnifiers let you read menus, but neither may help you see (correctly) computer type that's 20 to 26 inches away. Ask an optometrist about computer glasses.
- Hit the hay. Your retinal membranes are just like the rest of your body; they need sleep to revive.
Christopher Jermak, MD
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How can I help protect my eyes from computer vision syndrome (CVS)?
Michael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answeredIf you love the convenience of online shopping, banking, and socializing, there's a good chance you're spending a lot of hours staring at a flickering computer screen. Because so many people do, there's an official name for the eyestrain that can result: computer vision syndrome (CVS). Do any of these sound familiar: dry, burning eyes; aching back, neck, shoulders, or head; blurry vision? Here's how to take eye protection into your own hands to fend off CVS:
What is the red spot on my eye?
Gary Hirshfield, MD, Ophthalmology, answered on behalf of American Academy of Ophthalmology's EyeSmart
A red spot on the white of the eye is often a benign condition resulting from a broken blood vessel, called a subconjunctival hemorrhage. This can happen for no reason or can be a result of straining such as a cough or lifting weights.
It is usually pain-free; however, mild stinging and tenderness are possible but uncommon. If yours hurts a lot, the red spot may be a focal area of inflammation in the eye called episcleritis or scleritis.
If your vision is not affected, I think it is safe to wait a day or two to see if the red spot starts to resolve. It may take longer to completely resolve, though. If it gets worse, enlarges, or becomes clearly associated with pain or decreased vision then a consult with an Eye M.D. is necessary.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
Why might I need a vision test?
Visual acuity tests may be done:
- As part of a routine eye exam to screen for vision problems. How often you should have routine eye exams changes as you age. Adults and children and teens have different schedules for eye exams.
- To monitor an eye problem, such as diabetic retinopathy.
- To determine if you need glasses or contact lenses to improve your vision.
- After an injury to the eye.
- When you obtain or renew your driver's license or for some types of employment.
Refraction is done:
- To determine the correct prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses.
Visual field tests may be done:
- To check for vision loss in any area of your visual field.
- To screen for eye diseases, such as macular degeneration and glaucoma, which cause gaps in the visual field.
- To look for damage to the nerves of the eye following a stroke, head injury or other condition that causes reduced blood flow to the brain.
Color vision tests may be done:
- As part of a routine eye exam.
- To screen for or diagnose color blindness.
- o screen applicants for jobs in which color perception is important, such as truck driving, electronics or the military.
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