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The ‘Eyes’ Have It

Our eyes are a very important part of our everyday lives. Although we may take them for granted, we would have difficulty going through life without them. They need to be cared for like any other organ in the body.  Many of us use technology on a daily basis. In fact, I will go out on a limb and say most of us use technology daily. We use things like tablets, smart phones, laptops, desktop computers and video games—adults and children alike. Computer Vision Syndrome, is the term used to describe eye strain that happens as a result of staring at a computer screen or one of the other forms of technology I mentioned above. Some of the symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome are blurred vision, double vision, dry red eyes, eye irritation, headaches and neck or back pain. The reason why Computer Vision Syndrome exists is because the eyes have to continually focus on the screen which can have variations of glare, brightness, and screen contrast. Also, the lighting in the room can contribute to eye strain from Computer Vision Syndrome. One way to help alleviate eye strain from Computer Vision Syndrome, are to reduce the glare on your computer screen. By re-positioning the computer, you can help reduce your eye strain. Also, you can adjust the computer settings to lessen the brightness on the screen. Finally, look away from the computer every 20 minutes and blink several times to give your eyes a break. I started experiencing some episodes of Computer Vision Syndrome recently, and I was wondering what was happening with my eyes. Then I started researching what could be happening with them. I have an eye exam annually. One thing I didn’t realize is if you have a preexisting condition like astigmatism and nearsightedness (both of which I have), you can contribute to making Computer Vision Syndrome worse. However, you can lessen your symptoms by making sure you wear your glasses as prescribed. We have to protect our eyes as much as possible. Some of the ways we can do that are by doing the following: 1. Eat well. Eat foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc, and vitamins C and E. Foods like collards, kale and spinach, salmon, tuna, eggs, nuts, beans, oranges, and juices are good for the eyes. 2. Do not smoke. Smoking is connected with cataracts and macular degeneration. 3. Wear sunglasses. Protect your eyes from the sun and direct sunlight because ultraviolet rays (UV) can cause cataracts and macular degeneration. 4. See the eye doctor regularly. I see my eye doctor once a year. Because I have a family history of glaucoma, I get special tests done in addition to the regular tests done during my annual eye exam. You only have one pair of eyes. Treat them well so you can continue to enjoy viewing all of the beautiful things that have been given to us by God. Live, laugh, love and pray. God Bless You with Good Health and Wellness, Antoinette Sources: http://www.webmd.com/eye-health/computer-vision-syndrome http://www.webmd.com/eye-health/good-eyesight?print=true

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