Monday, July 14, 2008

Computers and Eye Problems

Too much time spent staring at the computer screen is not good for your eyes.

Ophthalmologists, optometrists and other eye professionals note a seeming link between myopia, also called nearsightedness, and "near work"—visual activities that take place at a distance of about 40 centimeters (16 inches) from the eye—such as reading a book. Staring at a computer screen qualifies as well, though monitors usually are around 50 centimeters (20 inches) away.
Eyestrain, says Mark Bullimore, a professor at The Ohio State University College of Optometry, results from staring at a screen over long periods of time. Such activity causes eye exhaustion: burning, dryness and muscle aches—all unpleasant and potentially incapacitating symptoms while they last.

As a self-professed computer geek, I don't anticipate getting away from my computer more. Of course, with the ubiquity of computers today, I don't think anyone is getting away from them anytime soon.

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