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Eye strain

by J4art / January 14, 2009 11:10 PM PST

Hi, I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask about this problem, except for the fact that others here may experience the same thing.
After a short time watching the monitor, whether reading or playing a game, my eyes tear up and sting. Is there any way, to alleviate this, such as different settings for the monitor or screen covers? I know about drops for dry eyes.

Thanks, Jo

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Sometimes
by Jimmy Greystone / January 15, 2009 12:44 AM PST
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Sometimes a lower resolution will help, or a higher refresh rate if using a CRT monitor. Otherwise, this can often be a sign you need glasses, or maybe a new prescription for your glasses.

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Thank you
by J4art / January 15, 2009 5:06 AM PST
In reply to: Sometimes

Thanks, Jimmy, for a quick response, I will try your suggestions.

Jo

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If this is happening
by xxmuppetxx / January 15, 2009 2:05 AM PST
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go and see your eye person (can't spell the technical word for it) also I've read domewhere that every 3 hours your meant to have a 30 minute break...another thing is to make sure that the height of the monitor screen and your eryes are the same level..so maybe having a chair you can raise or lower would be a good idea...
You can also try changing the resolution like you've said and have a twidle with the knobs on the monitor to see if that helps you...

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Thanks
by J4art / January 15, 2009 5:09 AM PST
In reply to: If this is happening

Hi, thanks for your advice. This is actually happening to my sister and she has just got new glasses. So I will relay the advice about changing the resolution.

Jo

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No worries
by xxmuppetxx / January 15, 2009 5:47 AM PST
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I just hope it works out ok for you...

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With new glasses I would ...
by Edward ODaniel / January 15, 2009 7:35 AM PST
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suggest that she go back to the optometrist and explain what is happening.

Depending on the prescription it is entirely possible that she needs a different prescription just for computer use as the normal eye-screen distance is different than eye-book focus.

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Thanks
by J4art / January 16, 2009 12:17 AM PST

I will let her know this advice.Jo

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Glasses?
by mwooge / January 19, 2009 1:13 AM PST
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It sometimes takes a while to adjust to new glasses.

But I suspec that if she has regular, single-focus glasses they're for medium and distant viewing, not close work. She can try reading glasses, bifocals, or not using glasses for the computer.

Does she also have this problem with reading? Can she read better with or without glasses?

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Eye Person
by FrankQC / January 16, 2009 12:30 PM PST
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Optometrist Silly

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J4, I got Glasses
by Ol Rod / January 15, 2009 7:49 AM PST
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I got a separate pair of glasses, single vision (not Bifocals) just for computer. Helps me! My eye Doctor also says I need to get Cataracts "fixed". I'm over 70, so that may not apply in your case. You might also experiment raise or lower your monitor. I put some blocks of wood under mine to raise it;)

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Thank you
by J4art / January 16, 2009 12:19 AM PST
In reply to: J4, I got Glasses

Hi,

I have to have my monitor at just the right angle too- I have to be able to look sightly down for my NECK"S sake. ;~)
I will send on your advice to my sister.

Jo

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Computer Eye Strain - 10 Steps for Relief
by Carol~ Moderator / January 16, 2009 1:08 AM PST
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1. Get a computer eye exam.
2. Use proper lighting.
3. Minimize glare.
4. Upgrade your display.
5. Adjust the brightness and contrast of your computer screen.
6. Blink more often.
7. Exercise your eyes.
8. Take frequent breaks.
9. Modify your workstation.
10. Consider computer eyewear.

All of which is explained here:

http://www.allaboutvision.com/cvs/irritated.htm

Much of it has been suggested already, but you may find a couple which haven't.

Carol

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Thanks
by J4art / January 16, 2009 4:46 AM PST

Hi Carol, Thanks to you and others, this problem should be solved soon.

Jo

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(NT) You're welcome, Jo. Best of luck to your sister!
by Carol~ Moderator / January 16, 2009 6:13 AM PST
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