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1Computer Smartphone Eyes Are Your Digital Devices Wrecking Your Vision

People today spend an average of six hours a day in front of a digital device.

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American workers alone spend in excess of 200 billion hours per year in front of digital screens.

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33 percent of eye doctors surveyed reported that at least one-third of their patients suffer from symptoms of digital device-related vision problems, commonly known as Computer Vision Syndrome.

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Eye strain is the most common symptom of Computer Vision Syndrome, suffered by 82 percent of patients.

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74 percent of patients with Computer Vision Syndrome also experience dry or irritated eyes

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Fatigue is another very common symptom of Computer Vision Syndrome, afflicting 70 percent of patients.

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And 61 percent of those with Computer Vision Syndrome also suffer from headaches.

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Two in three eye doctors say that 20 percent or fewer of their patents even know what Computer Vision Syndrome is.

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Vision pros estimate that workers affected by the syndrome can see as much as a 20 percent drop-off in productivity.

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Steps to Prevent Computer Vision SyndromeRemember to Blink!: Eye doctors estimate that the average person blinks two to three times less often than normal when looking at a computer or hand-held device. Concentrating on blinking more often will help bathe your eyes with therapeutic tears.

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Steps to Prevent Computer Vision SyndromeAdhere to the 20/20/20 Rule: If you’re at the computer all day, try to spend 20 seconds looking at something 20 feet away every 20 minutes or so to let your eyes rest for a moment.

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Steps to Prevent Computer Vision SyndromeAdjust Your Lighting: Poor lighting is one of the top triggers for Computer Vision Syndrome. The pros suggest you keep bright lighting overhead at a minimum and instead position a desk lamp to shine a lamp on the desk, rather than at you. It is also important to position the screen in a way that reduces reflections and glare from windows and overhead lights.