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Technology Causing Dry Eyes
Written by Lindsey Watson
Last updated on July 17, 2013 @ 6:34PM
Created on July 17, 2013 @ 6:19PM

Do your eyes feel dry? Well you're not alone.

Millions of us suffer from dry eyes everyday, and experts say computers and smart phones are only making the problem worse. So why are we putting so much strain on our eyes? It's because when you stare at those devices, you blink somewhere around 50 percent less than you normally would.

You've probably never thought much about it before. But, normally you blink up to 20 times a minute, and when you forget to blink the tears that lie on the surface of your eye evaporates.

This is what causes that blurry vision, and burning sensation you feel when you finally do stop to blink. Another thing that can contribute to this dry eye feeling is the lack of oil being distributed to you're eye from your eye lids, which is critical for a healthy tear film. Without it, you will suffer from severe dry eyes.

That's why eye doctors have come up with a 20/20 rule to reduce these irritating dry eye symptoms.

"You can help or improve that situation. One way is to stop, take just a momentary break. A good rule to follow is the 20/20 rule. So about every 20 minutes stop, take a little break for about 20 seconds, blink for a few seconds, try to re-wet the surface of your eye. That will help improve the tear quality there." said Dr. Keith Wade, Optometrist.

Eye doctors also recommend posting signs, or stickers on all of your electronic devices that remind you to stop and blink.

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Jul 25, 2013 at 1:51 PM
The easiest way to blink frequently at the computer screen is using blinzle. It's a software that constantly helps you to blink frequently while you are sitting at the computer. Install it once, then just focus on your work! http://blinzle.com
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