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How can I relieve my eye strain?

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Eye strain is common in the healthiest of people, especially today as we spend more time in front of computers. Try these tips to prevent or ease eye strain:

  • Stay fresh! When using a computer or doing concentrated activity such as sewing or reading, rest your eyes for five minutes every hour. Look away from your work, close your eyes, or simply stare off into space.
  • Blink regularly. Blinking helps reduce evaporation of the tear film that protects the cornea. Forceful blinking also relieves the strain of the continuous focus when you have been reading or looking at a computer screen, increasing the amount of concentrated activity you can perform.
  • While driving for long stretches, alternately focus on the dashboard and a faraway object. Changing your focus periodically will relax your eye muscles and prevent eye strain.

SOURCES: 

Bradford, C. (Editor) Basic Ophthalmology, American Academy of Ophthalmology, 2004. 

The Mayo Clinic, Macular Degeneration Partnership.

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on March 31, 2019

SOURCES: 

Bradford, C. (Editor) Basic Ophthalmology, American Academy of Ophthalmology, 2004. 

The Mayo Clinic, Macular Degeneration Partnership.

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on March 31, 2019

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