Eyestrain the risks, causes and what to look out for

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One of the health problems associated with computer use is eye strain. Eye strain can become a chronic issue, not just occurring while using a computer, if not dealt with properly. If you experience eyestrain, you are part of the fifty percent of computer users that are subjected to eye strain, blurred vision, headaches, or other vision problems. These issues can affect more than just your vision, they also low your endurance, cause you to become exhausted easily, and even reduce your ability to operate a computer.

One of the most serious risks of eye strain is that if it is not treated, a heavy computer user can develop glaucoma, a collection of diseases that can do damage to the nerve. Glaucoma can cause blindness or other vision impairments. Frequent computer users who are near sighted or far-sighted are at a slightly higher risk for obtaining ocular injury.

Symptoms of eye strain are present in most common colds, so be sure not to confuse the different warning signs of eye strain. If you experience these following symptoms more than not while using a computer, you may already have an eye strain problem. Headaches during or subsequent to a session of computer use, dry eyes, irritated eyes, and blurred vision are indications of eye strain.

Also if you have difficulty refocusing on the computer after viewing a far away object or if you often lose your place on the screen after you have looked away, you possibly have a case of eye strain. Other signs of eye strain are experiencing clarity issues while looking at an item that is at a distance, double vision, alterations of your discernment of colors, and any changes in your prescription for glasses or contacts if you wear them.


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