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Dr. Kalpana Suresh

MBBS

Ophthalmologist, Chennai

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Dr. Kalpana Suresh is an experienced Ophthalmologist in Adyar, Chennai. She has done MBBS . You can visit her at Sri Ramachandra Medical College & Research Institute in Adyar, Chennai. Don’t wait in a queue, book an instant appointment online with Dr. Kalpana Suresh on Lybrate.com.

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Computer Eye Strain

MBBS, DNB (General Medicine)
General Physician, Delhi
Computer Eye Strain

Computer Eye Strain

Steps for Relief


With so many of us using computers at work, computer eye strain has become a major job-related complaint. Studies show that eye strain and other bothersome visual symptoms occur in 50 to 90 percent of computer workers.

These problems can range from physical fatigue, decreased productivity and increased numbers of work errors, to minor annoyances like eye twitching and red eyes.

Here are easy steps you can take to reduce your risk of computer eye strain and other common symptoms of computer vision syndrome (CVS):

1. Get a comprehensive eye exam

Having a routine comprehensive eye exam is the most important thing you can do to prevent or treat computer vision problems.

According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), computer users should have an eye exam before they start working on a computer and once a year thereafter.

During your exam, be sure to tell your eye doctor how often you use a computer at work and at home. Measure how far your eyes are from your screen when you sit at your computer, and bring this measurement to your exam so your eye doctor can test your eyes at that specific working distance.

2. Use proper lighting

Eye strain often is caused by excessively bright light either from outdoor sunlight coming in through a window or from harsh interior lighting. When you use a computer, your ambient lighting should be about half as bright as that typically found in most offices.

Eliminate exterior light by closing drapes, shades or blinds. Reduce interior lighting by using fewer light bulbs or fluorescent tubes, or use lower intensity bulbs and tubes. If possible, position your computer monitor or screen so windows are to the side, instead of in front or behind it.

Many computer users find their eyes feel better if they can avoid working under overhead fluorescent lights. If possible, turn off the overhead fluorescent lights in your office and use floor lamps that provide indirect incandescent or halogen lighting instead.

Sometimes switching to 'full spectrum' fluorescent lighting that more closely approximates the light spectrum emitted by sunlight can be more comforting for computer work than regular fluorescent tubes. But even full spectrum lighting can cause discomfort if it's too bright. Try reducing the number of fluorescent tubes installed above your computer workspace if you are bothered by overhead lighting.

3. Minimize glare

Glare on walls and finished surfaces, as well as reflections on your computer screen also can cause computer eye strain. Consider installing an anti-glare screen on your monitor and, if possible, paint bright white walls a darker color with a matte finish.

Again, cover the windows. When outside light cannot be reduced, consider using a computer hood.

If you wear glasses, purchase lenses with anti-reflective (AR) coating. AR coating reduces glare by minimizing the amount of light reflecting off the front and back surfaces of your eyeglass lenses.

If your older monitor is causing computer eye strain, replace it with a flat-panel LCD screen that is easier on the eyes.

4. Upgrade your display

If you have not already done so, replace your old tube-style monitor (called a cathode ray tube or CRT) with a flat-panel liquid crystal display (LCD), like those on laptop computers.

LCD screens are easier on the eyes and usually have an anti-reflective surface. Old-fashioned CRT screens can cause a noticeable 'flicker' of images, which is a major cause of computer eyestrain. Even if this flicker is imperceptible, it still can contribute to eye strain and fatigue during computer work.

Complications due to flicker are even more likely if the refresh rate of the monitor is less than 75 hertz (Hz). If you must use a CRT at work, adjust the display settings to the highest possible refresh rate.

When choosing a new flat panel display, select a screen with the highest resolution possible. Resolution is related to the 'dot pitch' of the display. Generally, displays with a lower dot pitch have sharper images. Choose a display with a dot pitch of .28 mm or smaller.

Flicker is not an issue with LCD screens, since the brightness of pixels on the display are controlled by a 'backlight' that typically operates at 200 Hz.

If you see a lower refresh rate (e.g. 60 Hz) noted on an LCD screen, don't worry - this refers to how often a new image is received from the video card, not how often the pixel brightness of the display is updated, and this function typically is not associated with eye strain.

Finally, choose a relatively large display. For a desktop computer, select a display that has a diagonal screen size of at least 19 inches.

5. Adjust your computer display settings

Adjusting the display settings of your computer can help reduce eye strain and fatigue. Generally, these adjustments are beneficial:

Brightness.: Adjust the brightness of the display so it's approximately the same as the brightness of your surrounding workstation. As a test, look at the white background of this Web page. If it looks like a light source, it's too bright. If it seems dull and gray, it may be too dark.

Text size and contrast.: Adjust the text size and contrast for comfort, especially when reading or composing long documents. Usually, black print on a white background is the best combination for comfort.

Color temperature.: This is a technical term used to describe the spectrum of visible light emitted by a color display. Blue light is short-wavelength visible light that is associated with more eye strain than longer wavelength hues, such as orange and red. Reducing the color temperature of your display lowers the amount of blue light emitted by a color display for better long-term viewing comfort.

For computers running on a Microsoft Windows operating system, display settings can be adjusted in Control Panel. For an Apple computer, display settings are found in Systems Preferences (in the Applications folder in Finder).

In some cases, the color temperature of a desktop computer monitor is adjusted on the display itself.

6. Blink more often

Blinking is very important when working at a computer; blinking moistens your eyes to prevent dryness and irritation.

When working at a computer, people blink less frequently - about one-third as often as they normally do - and many blinks performed during computer work are only partial lid closures, according to studies.

Tears coating the eye evaporate more rapidly during long non-blinking phases and this can cause dry eyes. Also, the air in many office environments is dry, which can increase how quickly your tears evaporate, placing you at greater risk for dry eye problems.

If you experience dry eye symptoms, ask your eye doctor about artificial tears for use during the day.

By the way, don't confuse lubricating eye drops with the drops formulated to 'get the red out.' The latter can indeed make your eyes look better - they contain ingredients that reduce the size of blood vessels on the surface of your eyes to 'whiten' them. But they are not necessarily formulated to reduce dryness and irritation.

To reduce your risk of dry eyes during computer use, try this exercise: Every 20 minutes, blink 10 times by closing your eyes as if falling asleep (very slowly). This will help rewet your eyes.

To ease eye strain, make sure you use good lighting and sit at a proper distance from the computer screen.

7. Exercise your eyes

Another cause of computer eyestrain is focusing fatigue. To reduce your risk of tiring your eyes by constantly focusing on your screen, look away from your computer at least every 20 minutes and gaze at a distant object (at least 20 feet away) for at least 20 seconds. Some eye doctors call this the '20-20-20 rule.' Looking far away relaxes the focusing muscle inside the eye to reduce fatigue.

Another exercise is to look far away at an object for 10-15 seconds, then gaze at something up close for 10-15 seconds. Then look back at the distant object. Do this 10 times.

This exercise reduces the risk of your eyes' focusing ability to 'lock up' (a condition called accommodative spasm) after prolonged computer work.

Both of these exercises will reduce your risk of computer eye strain. Also, remember to blink frequently during the exercises to reduce your risk of computer-related dry eye.

8. Take frequent breaks

To reduce your risk for computer vision syndrome and neck, back and shoulder pain, take frequent breaks during your computer work day.

Many workers take only two 15-minute breaks from their computer throughout their work day. According to a recent NIOSH study, discomfort and eye strain were significantly reduced when computer workers took four additional five-minute 'mini-breaks' throughout their work day.

And these supplementary breaks did not reduce the workers' productivity. Data entry speed was significantly faster as a result of the extra breaks, so work output was maintained even though the workers had 20 extra minutes of break time each day.

During your computer breaks, stand up, move about and stretch your arms, legs, back, neck and shoulders to reduce tension and muscle fatigue.

Check your local bookstore or consult your fitness club for suggestions on developing a quick sequence of exercises you can perform during your breaks and after work to reduce tension in your arms, neck, shoulders and back.

9. Modify your workstation

If you need to look back and forth between a printed page and your computer screen, this can cause eye strain. Place written pages on a copy stand adjacent to the monitor.

Light the copy stand properly. You may want to use a desk lamp, but make sure it doesn't shine into your eyes or onto your computer screen.

Improper posture during computer work also contributes to computer vision syndrome. Adjust your workstation and chair to the correct height.

Purchase ergonomic furniture to enable you to position your computer screen 20 to 24 inches from your eyes. The center of your screen should be about 10 to 15 degrees below your eyes for comfortable positioning of your head and neck.

10. Consider computer eyewear

For the greatest comfort at your computer, you might benefit from having your eye care professional modify your eyeglasses prescription to create customized computer glasses. This is especially true if you normally wear contact lenses, which may become dry and uncomfortable during sustained computer work.

Computer glasses also are a good choice if you wear bifocals or progressive lenses, because these lenses generally are not optimal for the distance to your computer screen.

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My right eye has some problem. It seems fine when we look at it but when I close my eyes it feels like heaviness in my eyes. I m using eye drops like Himalaya and also one Cipro eye drops but of no avail. Please help me.

FPRS, DNB Ophtalmology
Ophthalmologist, Pune
My right eye has some problem. It seems fine when we look at it but when I close my eyes it feels like heaviness in m...
Most common cause is having a spectacles power. Just get it checked with nearest eye care specialist
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Sir/ madam, Jab bhi mai nahata hu khaskar jis din mai shampoo lagakar snan karta hu, mera eyes 2-3 hours ke liye red jaisa ho jata h, phir dhire dhire normal ho jata h.

BSc
Ayurveda, Ujjain
Sir/ madam, Jab bhi mai nahata hu khaskar jis din mai shampoo lagakar snan karta hu, mera eyes 2-3 hours ke liye red ...
Your shampoo is allergent to your eyes stop from today. Wash hair with Ķeva daily Care SHAMPOO. Dr.Tare After SHAMPOO wash eyes with plain water 2,3 times.
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I just wants to get rid of my specs I use lots of techniques but my specs number is keep on increasing.

DHMS (Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery)
Homeopath, Ludhiana
I just wants to get rid of my specs I use lots of techniques but my specs number is keep on increasing.
Being a homoeopath,i will advise you to undergo homoeopathic treatment as homoeopathic medicine along with exercises aand a diet plan are very effective combination for improving eyesight and thus removing your spects.consult me
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My vision is poor -7. 50 both eye I am wearing contact lenses just want to know can I go for laser eye surgery or not.

MBBS, MS - Ophthalmology
Ophthalmologist, Delhi
Yes, you can go for lasik. Some screening test are done before the procedure, to know whether it is feasible the your eyes to go for lasik or not.
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Which doctor can cure eye bulging, puffiness in the eyes caused by may be thyroid who can cure this pls tell me and why eye puffiness is there on my both upper side of eyes can this be cured if yes which doc I should consult.

Fellowship in Cornea and Refractive Surgery (FCRS), DNB (Ophthalmology), MBBS
Ophthalmologist, Mumbai
Which doctor can cure eye bulging, puffiness in the eyes caused by may be thyroid who can cure this pls tell me and w...
The bulging you describe can first be checked by your general ophthalmologist to rule out puffiness due to allergy/dryness, etc. If that has been ruled out and it is surely due to thyroid and very significant, then you may visit an oculoplastic surgeon. Any specialty eye hospital will have a department of oculoplasty and the surgeon there can evaluate you best.
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Can I anyhow increase my eyesight with any operation or basic. Eg yoga and ayurveda.

DHMS (Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery)
Homeopath, Ludhiana
Can I anyhow increase my eyesight with any operation or basic. Eg yoga and ayurveda.
Being a homoeopath,i will advise you to undergo homoeopathic treatment as homoeopathic medicine along with exercises aand a diet plan are very effective combination for improving eyesight.consult me
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I have -3.5 cylindrical power in my right eye along with -5.0 spherical, in left -1.25 cyl and -3.5 sph, I want to use contact lenses, is it advisable to use them without cylindrical power?

Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS), Cornea Fellowship, FICO, DOMS, MBBS
Ophthalmologist, Hyderabad
You will not be comfortable if you don't correct the cylinder power in your contact lens since your number is so high. Better to use special contact lenses called toric or rgp lenses.
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Is there any kind of risk abt my eyes bcz I am watching continuously teaching videos on youtube? If YES please suggest something!

FICO, DNB Ophtalmology
Ophthalmologist, Gandhinagar
Is there any kind of risk abt my eyes bcz I am watching continuously teaching videos on youtube? If YES please sugges...
Hello lybrate-user. Hi I have a few suggestions for you regarding the usage of computers, mobile phones and books. The first thing to remember is that long term continuous usage of mobile phones or computers is harmful for the eyes. Ranging from dry eyes to multiple postural defects, there are many consequences. The good news is that there are simple tips and solutions to avoid these problems from occurring. Let me enumerate them in brief: follow the rule of" 20" this means that every 20 minutes, take a gap of 20 seconds, blink your eyes actively 20 times and focus at an object which is minimum 20 feet away. This will help in relieving your eyes from the continuous strain that is caused due to staring. Staring at the computer continuously causes us to subconsciously blink less than normal. This causes the tear film on the surface of the eye to dry up. The result of this is pain, discomfort, etc. Another suggestions regarding the usage of computers is to maintain a proper posture. The computer must be positioned at the same height as your eye level. The neck should not be inadvertently flexed or extended. Remember the rule of 90. Roughly, an angle of 90 degrees should be maintained between your upper body and thighs. Likewise, a similar angle (90 degrees) should be maintained between your lower legs and thighs. Also the angle between your hands and arms should be roughly 90 degrees. This is the healthy ergonomic way of sitting while using a computer. Maintenance of proper posture would help in further relieving the symptoms of eye discomfort and pain. Also remember the rule of 1. At least 1 time in a day, wash your eyes with clean hands and clean water in a gentle manner. Exercise for at least 1 hour in a day. Try to spend 1 hour with nature. (eg. In a park, garden, etc.) you could consider preservative free lubricant eye drops 4 to 5 times daily. These eye drops would ensure that your eyes stay well lubricated and fresh. All these suggestions may take a while to sink in and imbibe in your routine. Once followed, they are sure to work wonders for you. You could also use a preservative free lubricant eye drop 4 to 5 times in a day. Also, adequate sleep of 7 hours a day is essential in order to maintain healthy eyes.
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When I do study after sometime my eyes are red. Plzz guve mee any solution off this problem?

DHMS (Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery)
Homeopath, Ludhiana
When I do study after sometime my eyes are red. Plzz guve mee any solution off this problem?
Eyes appear red because the vessels at the surface of the white portion of the eye (sclera) become swollen. Vessels may swell either due to---------- 1. Dim light in the room where you study------------------------ 2. Weak eyesight------------------------------------- 3. Eye strain due to continuous study without breaks or dimlight----------- 4. Eye dryness due to continuous study-------------------------- the first thing you can do is change your environment and work habits. By doing this you can relieve the pain and redness without spending money on treatment. Try taking more eye breaks by looking down the hall or out the window, or by closing your eyes for thirty seconds.--------------------- if you spend a lot of time sitting and reading, you may need prescription glasses solely for those activities.-----------------while studying taking eye breaks for five minutes every hour can lessen the strain on your eyes. Simply closing your eyes for a few moments can also do wonders. Try standing up, moving around, or taking a short walk to help regain concentration. Regular eye exercises that involve focusing on different distances can help prevent future straining. Blink often. Blinking refreshes and replenishes your eyes naturally. If you are having trouble with blinking due to the dryness of your eyes, try using homoeopathic cinelube eyedrops (hapdco) 3 times daily.
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Iam a 19 years boy and iam getting pain in my eyes and neck pain at nt I have habit of chatting at nights and some time I feal like my eyes are coming out and how I reduce or control the pain of my eyes and neck what care should I need to take.

BHMS
Homeopath, Faridabad
Iam a 19 years boy and iam getting pain in my eyes and neck pain at nt I have habit of chatting at nights and some ti...
hello , Use CMD2 eye drop , 2 drop in each eye twice daily. Take Ruta 30 , 3 drops twice daily. Take Gelsemium 200 ch , 3 drop once daily. Also get your eyes tested by an eye specialist.Stop late night chatting and watching TV.
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I am not able see properly things which I can see are blurred. please help me in this problem.

DHMS (Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery)
Homeopath, Ludhiana
I am not able see properly things which I can see are blurred. please help me in this problem.
You might be suffering from weak eyesight.Please consult an Eyspecialist to confirm this and start wearing glasse accordingly.Myself being a homoeopath can guide you in how to remove glasses with some very effective homoeopathic treatment,diet and exercisses.
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In my eye. I had something sticky in it. But it's not going by water treatment and even I tried to remove it, but it's still in my eye. It's very irritating and my eye is slightly Red. I don't know what to do. Is it dangerous? Any home remedies for it?

Diploma in Naturopathy & Yogic Science (DNYS)
Ayurveda, Bangalore
In my eye. I had something sticky in it. But it's not going by water treatment and even I tried to remove it, but it'...
Apply herbal extract drops to get cured. If you need medicine and more details you can consult me, thank you.
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Some people say that I am having an eye problem because of my weight is this because of my weight or for playing video games.

DHMS (Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery)
Homeopath, Ludhiana
Some people say that I am having an eye problem because of my weight is this because of my weight or for playing vide...
If you are not taking proper care of your eye while playing video games, then certainly your eye problem is due to video games only.
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Related to eye .Hello Dr. Mujhe ek medicine pata chali hai aur kaha ki isse month tk lene pe eye ka 0.25 number kam ho jata hai .aur 2 month lene pe 0.5 ka kam .mere 0.5 number hai eye ka .to kya isse farak padta hai kya ? Sayad is medicine ke baare me kam Jane jante ho .to plzz pta krke btaye .Med. Ka name hai " Lutivit"

Fellowship in Comprehensive Ophthalmology, DOMS
Ophthalmologist, Sangrur
Related to eye .Hello Dr. Mujhe ek medicine pata chali hai aur kaha ki isse month tk lene pe eye ka 0.25 number kam h...
Hello Lutuvit is just a multivitamin tablet It can reduce your glass power. I am sorry but somebody has misguided you
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Hi Doctor mughe kabj ki problem rahti hai hamesha. I am slim also. Akho me bi thkawat and halki jalan rahti h. My google no -3. 50 and -3. 25 h. Please best suggest.

MD - Alternative Medicine
Alternative Medicine Specialist, Mumbai
First you have to boost your immune system by adding nutritional supplement take laxyalo 1 with lukewarm water at bed time best wishes.
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My wife is at 37 week pregnancy. Till now all lab and scan results show everything normal other than thyroid which was treated. Today bp rises up to 140/90. She hasn't any headache or vision problems. Whether termination of pregnancy is advisable? If we are going early termination whether health of mother and child will be affected?

MBBS, Diploma in Diabetology
Endocrinologist, Mumbai
My wife is at 37 week pregnancy. Till now all lab and scan results show everything normal other than thyroid which wa...
at 37 weeks termination is not possible. legally max is 20 weeks with 2 gynaecologist's consent as per MTP act 1971. she now need to give vaginal trial.
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Having ache at half part of head over one eye. Got eye checkup and that shows no eye sight issue. What should I do in this case.

BHMS
Homeopath, Raebareli
Having ache at half part of head over one eye. Got eye checkup and that shows no eye sight issue. What should I do in...
Being a nutritional powerhouse, apple cider vinegar helps reduce migraines. Apple cider vinegar also offers health benefits like aiding detoxification, controlling blood sugar, regulating high blood pressure, reducing bone pain, promoting weight loss and relieving constipation. Add one tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar to a glass of water. Mix in one tablespoon of honey. Drink this daily to prevent as well as treat migraines. If you are not used to taking apple cider vinegar, start by taking one teaspoon and gradually increase the amount. During migraine attacks or when you feel them coming on, you can take two or three tablespoons. For further queries get back to me.
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My age is 30 years. And my question is related to eye sight. When watching tv tears flow from both my eyes. Plzzz suggest me what I need yo do.

Fellowship in Comprehensive Ophthalmology, DOMS
Ophthalmologist, Sangrur
My age is 30 years. And my question is related to eye sight. When watching tv tears flow from both my eyes. Plzzz sug...
Prolonged working on laptop/tv/mobile can cause computer vision syndrome. Computer vision syndrome is a condition resulting from focusing the eyes on a computer or other display device for, uninterrupted periods of time. Some symptoms of cvs include a. Headaches b blurred vision c. Neck pain d redness in the eyes e. Eye strain f dry eyes these symptoms can be further aggravated by improper lighting conditions. Measures to reduce this include 1. Work under proper light. 2. Blink a lot. 3. Cold compresses 4. Use good lubricating eyedrop.
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. I have sight and its range. I am at the age of 22 can I go for laser treatment.

FPRS, DNB Ophtalmology
Ophthalmologist, Pune
. I have sight and its range. I am at the age of 22 can I go for laser treatment.
Lasik is a simple laser procedure which changes the shape of the cornea so that the light rays fall on the retina properly. It is a painless procedure. It is a day care procedure does not require any injections, does not require admission, you can simply resume your duties in 2 days. Cost varies from centre to centre. Side effects are usually limited to dryness of eyes for few months. We can do lasik anytime after age of 18 years. You need to undergo proper prelasik checkup to decide whether lasik is safe for you or not
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