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Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Eye Care Tips for Computers and Eye Drops

I call my friendly optometrist perfect because he is man of great experience and kindness. He's a person who really is an authority on eyes. My GP, who recommended him, said he gives you "crisp" vision and it's true.

Using my computer for hours at a time was taking a toll on my neck and shoulders. That combined with arthritis was causing a lot of pain. My knowledgeable optometrist suggested that I get a pair of glasses for computer use only - they have only close and mid vision. That stops all the neck adjustments needed to see the screen.
                     Digital image courtesy of the Getty's Open Content Program.

He had very detailed tips for using eye drops.  It goes without saying that you wash your hands and don't touch the opening/dropper. 
Next you look up and pull down the lower eyelid to make a "gutter"
Put the drops in and then shut your eye for 15 to 20 seconds. This stops the tears from running out through your tear ducts because the upper and the lower one meet and seal each other. This helps the tears spread over the eye better.
                Digital image courtesy of the Getty's Open Content Program.

When you use your computer for long periods of time he suggests that you stop every 20 minutes. Shut your eyes and move your eyeballs from side to side. That helps spread the moisture from the corners of your eyes and keeps  you more comfortable.

He also recommends no eye makeup for me because of the Sjogren's Syndrome. A lot of it can end up in your eyes, as I have found out too often. After years with dry and sore eyes I have gathered up all of my eyeliners and plan to use them for an art project before I throw them out. So I guess I give up on smoky eyes.


                          Eyeliner as a halo/My Sainted Smiley      

Interesting fact from Getty.edu   "In Greek thought, large, staring eyes had an apotropaic power, that is, they had the ability to ward off evil and danger." Could that be why large eyes are considered so attractive even now?

5 comments:

  1. Please tell me that your optometrist is close to downtown and accessible? I've been looking for a good one ever since I stop being able to travel to Scarborough Town Centre where my previous wonderful optometrist was located.

    I recently read a good tip for help the eyes when you spend a lot of time at the computers. Every 20 min., spend about 30 seconds 20 yards into the distance. I'll add that to your optometrist's tips.

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  2. I hope you can find a good one. I went somewhere else to get my glasses a few years ago and they were almost unusable because of the weight of the frame and lenses combined. I sent you a name by email so I hope that helps.
    It should help to use both tips. That's my plan now. Thanks for commenting

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  3. This is one of the reason why I love going to eye care doctors because they can advice me whenever I got a problem with my eyes, Just like you I am always in the computer since its my job for 8 to 10 hours a day. So, eye doctors for me is really very important.
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  4. Working in front of the computer for most part of the day can be very eye-straining, indeed. Glad to know you're in good hands with your optometrist. Thanks for sharing these tips, by the way.

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