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    Do you find yourself squinting and straining to see these days? If so, you're not alone. And the culprit may very well be your computer, or your I-pad, or your phone, or your Kndle!

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And the culprit may very well be your computer, or your iPad, or your phone, or your Kindle!  "We live in a world with so many different computer screens, it's no surprise people have visual problems," says Promedica Ophthalmologist, Dr. Stephen Reed, "You normally blink at about 18 times per minute.  "When you're actually focused on something, it almost cuts in half", says Reed.   And that's the biggest offender.

  It's not so much the occasional glance at your smart phone screen.  It's the longer periods of focus on the bigger screens.  "You can address this at three different levels," says Reed.  "You can start with a behavioral modification technique called 20-20-20. 

Every 20 minutes, take a 20 minute break and look away from your computer screen focusing at least 20 feet away," according to Reed. That allows the eye muscles a chance to take a break. 

If that doesn't work and you still have irritation, then you will want to try some artificial tear eye drops.  Some are water based, but others that are glycerol based will last longer. "You've got force duct air, it's very dry humidity is very low, so it's going to accelerate even faster," says Reed. 

"The dry conditions can send some people into a vicious cycle of dry eyes, causing eye strain".   The third level of treatment involves special lenses.  They have a wider field of vision and don't cause the eyes to strain so much to read computer screens.  They are more expensive.

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