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Computer Vision Syndrome

Computer vision syndrome or digital eye strain is becoming an increasingly common condition. People who spend more than 4 hours a day in front of a computer screen either at home or at work may experience symptoms like blurred vision, irritated eyes, headaches, excessive tearing or dry eyes.

If you're concerned about computer vision syndrome, talk to our eye doctors at North Toronto Medical Optometry and Vision Care for some pointers and recommendations that can help. Suggestions might include:

  • 20-20-20 Rule: Every 20 minutes, stop and take a 20 second break from your computer screen and focus on something at least 20 feet away from you. Looking out a window is usually the easiest.
  • Blinking: Computer users have been shown to have a decreased blink rate or incomplete blinks, which can lead to dry eyes. During your 20-second break remember to practice complete blinks. The sequence is as follows:

Close your eyes– Pause – Pause – Open your eyes – Relax eye muscles
Close your eyes – Pause – Pause – gently Squeeze eyelids – Open your eyes – Relax eye muscles

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