Computer, Smartphone Eyes: Are Your Digital Devices Wrecking Your Vision?

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    Ericka Chickowski

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People today spend an average of six hours a day in front of a digital device.
Computers and digital devices have certainly transformed the way the average worker completes their daily tasks, but they also pose a hidden danger to our eyes, one that many digital device users are simply unaware of. With so much time being spent in front of computerized screens--be it in front of the laptop or the iPhone--device users are increasingly suffering at the hands of what eye care professionals call Computer Vision Syndrome. New research out from the firm VSP Vision Care shows that a big chunk of eye care patients today complain of the common symptoms attached to the syndrome. "Computer Vision Syndrome is a major problem for Americans," said Dr. Nate Bonilla-Warford, an eye doctor and a VSP provider. "We are seeing patients uncomfortable in the workplace with neck pain, headaches, eye strain, blurred vision, etc. that could easily be avoided. It's important for people to discuss their digital usage with their eye doctor and make sure they are getting annual eye exams." Channel Insider takes a look at the study's findings and three important ways that doctors such as Bonilla-Warford recommend to prevent your screens from killing your vision.
This article was originally published on 2010-08-03