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Avoid digital eye strain

digital eye strain

DENVER — Computers, tablets and smartphones make our lives easier when it comes to staying connected, but doctors say they can cause something called digital eye strain.

Whether large or small, digital devices can cause a real strain on our eyes because of the way we lean in and stare at them.

The problem develops when you stare at your screen for long periods of time without blinking. Symptoms include dryness, irritation and a scratchy feeling that gets worse after use.

Dr. Richard Davidson from the University of Colorado Hospital said he’s seen an increase in cases involving young people.

“We’re seeing it in people when they are in their twenties and thirties just because they’re so dependent on these devices,” Davidson explained. “If you make a conscious effort and blink more often the front part of the eye will become more lubricated and you should get less of these symptoms.”

It’s also a good idea to take a break from looking at your screen every couple of minutes and use moisturizing eye drops if you feel your eyes are getting dry.

Additionally, you can buy a special lens that blocks out the blue light from the computer screens.