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You should have an eye exam every two years –
more often if you have diabetes or a family history
of macular degeneration or glaucoma.
Wise Advice
7
Time to Get
Motivated
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Feeling the Strain?
Do you recognize these signs of a long day? Your eyes are dry and
irritated. Your head aches. Your neck and shoulders are sore. The
cause could be your computer screen, says Curtis Wee, O.D., of West
Bloomfield Henry Ford OptimEyes – especially if you’re using a screen
(computer, tablet, e-reader or smartphone) two or more hours a day.
Experts estimate we use these devices about five hours daily.
Beware of Glare
Letters on the computer screen aren’t as crisp as a printed page. “On
top of that, reflections degrade the image, making your eyes work
even harder,” Dr. Wee notes.
Look Down
Think about how you hold a book when you’re
reading. Our eyes actually work more efficiently
looking downward at a 20-degree angle. “Many
monitors sit at eye level,” Dr. Wee says. “If you’re
wearing bifocals or multi-focals, you may have to
raise your chin to look through the bottom of your
glasses. This compresses the vertebrae in the back
of your neck and may cause neck and shoulder
pain. Position your screen so your eyes are aligned
with the top.”
Try 20-20-20
“Eye muscles fatigue just like other muscles in your body. So as a rule
of thumb, try the 20-20-20 rule,” suggests Dr. Wee. “Every 20 minutes,
take a 20-second break to look at something 20 feet away.”
Curtis Wee,
O.D.