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Posted by: Bob | 2007/07/16

Computers and eye sight

What advice can you give us to protect our eye sight especially since some of us spend hours each day in front of a computer at work.

What exactly damages our eye sight by looking at a computer monitor?

Thanks in advance for your advice.

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Our expert says:
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Hi Bob
It can cause eye strain, tiredness, with headaches and red eyes. It can also cause nearsightedness - the constant focusing on a specific area is what causes this.
See http://www.openerg.com/dse/eyes.html

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Posted by: moipati | 2007/07/16

Hi Bob.
Sorry To Highjack your Question to the Doc.

I work for an optometrist and I know that spending hours on end on the computer does cause some deterioration to your eyesight. It can make you slightly nearsighted (myopic) and contribute also slightly to astigmatism (which is sensitivity to bright light).
The best thing to to is to not spend so much time on the computer ( unlikely), the next alternative would be to get specs with an anti glare on them (ARC). The anti glare will reduce the headaches (if any) and the irritation of the light. However it will not stop your eyesight from deteriorating.
It's similar to some students being affected visually for studying for lengthened peiods of time, because of focusing on something at such a short distance for a long operiod of time.
For further info - ask your optometrist.;)

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