These days it seems as though a great many people are spending nearly “24/7” staring into a computer screen, whether at work, school or at home, etc. As a result, more of them are suffering from “computer vision syndrome,” including symptoms such as blurred and double vision, inability to focus, eyestrain, headaches, neck and shoulder pain, and watery or dry eyes. The same type of eye-stress can also come from watching television, reading, or doing anything that places a long-term strain on our eyes. The good news is that there ways to prevent the problems from worsening.
“Considering that the eyes have one of the highest energy requirements in the body, it is important that they get proper amounts of vitamins and minerals,” states Dr. Edward Kondrot, founder of the Healing The Eye & Wellness Center just north of Tampa, FL, who suggests that the sufferers “speak with vision-care practitioner to find a level of therapy that will work for your individual circumstances.
Kondrot also notes that improving lighting in the room where you are using your computer can help reduce eye-strain, and well as adjusting the position of the screen “It’s important that it is positioned a good distance away, around 20-28 inches from the eye, and that there are no glares on it. Re-position your computer to provide maximum eye comfort.”
It is also important to reposition yourself by taking 15 minute breaks every two hours, and taking your eyes off the screen for at least 20 seconds every 20 minutes or so.
Other simple methods of reducing eye-strain include blinking often and covering your eyes with your hands.
“Blinking will help to keep the eye surface moist and prevent it from drying out,” stated Kondrot. “Try opening and closing your eyes in a slower motion, giving your eye more time to become moistened. In addition, you can give your eyes a break by closing them and gently resting the heels of your hands on your cheekbones as you cover your eyes with your palms. Next, imagine and visualize blackness. At the same time, feel your breathing. Breathe deeply, slowly, and evenly, through your nose. The slower you breathe, the better.”
Note: Edward Kondrot is the founder of the Healing The Eye & Wellness Center, which offers alternative and homeopathic routes to vision therapies known as the “Kondrot Program,” focusing on such conditions as macular degeneration, glaucoma, dry eye, cataracts, etc. He has also written three best-selling books, including “10 Essentials to Save Your Sight” (Advantage Media Group, July 2012), and is president of the Arizona Homeopathic and Integrative Medical Association. For more information, visit www.healingtheeye.com