Grants Pass, OR (PRWEB) June 06, 2014
Computer eye strain complaints such as fatigue, headache, burning eyes and blurred vision are becoming all too familiar. Among individuals spending more than three hours a day at a computer, the rate of computer eye strain is estimated at 90%. The most common symptom, according to Sharon Kleyne, host of the Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water® radio show, is fatigue. Computer eye strain, says Kleyne, is most likely among people who don’t drink enough water.
Kleyne offers several suggestions to prevent or minimize computer eye strain, beginning with drinking more water.
The globally syndicated Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water® radio show, with host Sharon Kleyne, is heard on the VoiceAmerica Variety and Health and Wellness Channels, and on Apple iTunes. Kleyne is also Founder of Bio-Logic Aqua Research, a research, technology and product development center, and the world’s only company specializing in fresh water, the atmosphere, health and dehydration. Nature’s Tears® EyeMist® is the Research Center’s global signature product for dry eye and computer eye strain.
Computer eye strain, according to Kleyne, is a form of dry eye disease and suggestions for prevention and relief are similar to those for dry eye. Ignoring the symptoms, Kleyne warns, can result in physical discomfort, lost productivity, missed work, impaired vision, permanent disability and even blindness. Computer eye strain is also called “computer vision syndrome” or “CVS.”
Dry eye complaints, in recent years, have become the most common reason for eye doctor visits in the United States, says Kleyne. This is due to the greatly increased use of computers and video display screens, widespread air pollution, lowering of atmospheric humidity due to climate change, fluorescent lighting, forced air heating and cooling, and insulated walls and windows. Illness and physical dehydration also contribute.
The highly complex tear film that covers the eyes' exposed portions, according to Kleyne, is 98 percent water. Computer eye strain complaints are the result of excessive water evaporation from the tear film, or “tear film dehydration.” This loss of tear film water can be attributed to a drastically reduced of reflexive blink rate, excessive screen glare and many other factors. Water loss is most likely to create problems when the tear film is dehydrated to begin with. .
Kleyne’s suggestions to reduce and prevent computer eye strain:
Above all, says Kleyne, drink at least eight glasses of water every day in addition to all other fluid intake. Caffeine and alcohol are dehydrating and should be avoided. Sip water while doing computer work. Pour bottled water into a glass before drinking.
Other general health suggestions: Have an annual professional eye exam, eat eye healthy foods, and get sufficient exercise and sleep. “Eye foods” include dark green leafy vegetables and foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids.
Keep an air humidifier, plants and/or an open container of water near your desk. Humidifying the air reduces tear film water evaporation and prevents dehydration.
When working at a computer, the eyes’ blink rate can drop from 30 times per minute to three times per minute, greatly increasing the rate of tear film water evaporation. Try to blink more often, taping a reminder to the computer if necessary.
Exercise eye muscles by looking around the room at varying distances several times per hour. Take breaks away from your desk – outdoors if possible.
Reduce screen glare by adjusting window blinds and repositioning the computer. Glare-blocking monitor hoods or filters are available at computer and office supply stores. Turn off fluorescent lights and switch to a desk lamp. Use a flat-panel screen if possible. Enlarge font size to make type easier to read.
"Computer glasses" are increasingly popular. These may trap and hold humidity by wrapping around the eyes, reduce glare or UV radiation, or magnify slightly.
Periodically throughout the day, Kleyne suggests, humidify the air around the eyes with a pH balanced (below 7.0), fine-mist eye spray. Humidifying the air around the eyes is the intended purpose of the Bio-Logic Aqua Research product Nature's Tears® EyeMist®.