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Living Healthy: Digital eye strain

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As a nation we are mesmerized by screens but staring intently at electronic devices can lead to a type of eye stress experts call "digital eye strain."

"The symptoms of digital eye strain include that fatigued feeling you get in your eyes, the soreness, the headache, the dry, irritated red eyes, the inability to keep things in focus,” Dr. Justin Bazan said.

Dr. Justin Bazan is a consultant for the Vision Council, a trade association for makers of eye care products.

The group released a survey that finds 70 percent of adults experience eye discomfort.

One thing you can do is take regular breaks.

"Every 20 minutes, take 20 seconds and look at something 20 feet away,” Bazan said.

Of course there's technology to help save your eyes from all of this.

Free desktop applications like "eye-defender" remind users to relax and blink every so often, you can also increase the font size on most devices.

The Vision Council encourages "computer glasses" to reduce glare.

"The newer lens technologies that we have in these computer glasses are blocking that light from entering our eyes," Bazan said.

Many prescription eye glasses can be ordered with special coatings to cut down on glare, some tints may also help.
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