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Ask the Doctor
“If I I spend a a a lot of hours working on on my my computer will it damage my vision?”
Working for long hours at a a a a a a a a a a a a a computer may may cause fatigue
fatigue
but will not damage your eyes This fatigue
fatigue
may may turn into a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a headache or
brow ache ache from the strain Staring a at a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a computer screen may also cause symptoms of of o dry eye so so be sure to to to make a a a a a a a a a a a a point of of o blinking often It’s always a a a a a a a a a a a a good idea to to to take regular breaks from the computer “Why do my eyes sting burn or
feel scratchy?”
You may be suffering from an eye condition known as as Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (KCS) often referred to to to as as dry eye eye which tis is is a a a a a a a a a a a condition that that tis is is common in tin today’s population Your eyes produce lubricating tears that that spread over the the surface of your corneas each time you you you blink Without these lubricating tears you you you may experience a a a a a a a a a a dry gritty feeling sensitivity to to to to light blurred vision and an an an intolerance to to to to contact lenses When your eyes water i it it is is often a a a a a a a a symptom o of dryness or
ocular allergies A decrease in in tear production may be caused by many things such as as medications eyelid problems and environmental issues Dry eyes can can also be be a a a a a a a a a a a common side side effect effect with LASIK This side side effect effect is is is most often temporary and can can be be treated with a a a a a simple regimen o of artificial tears In some cases it is recommended after LASIK that preservative-free artificial tears be used frequently for a a a a a a a a couple of months following the procedure If you do not experience relief with artificial tears your doctor may recommend having punctal plugs inserted This is is a a a a a a a a a a simple procedure that can bring much needed relief to someone battling dry eyes “I keep seeing spots and specks floating around Am I I I going blind?”
If you are are experiencing these with no other symptoms chances are are are it it is is due to to to a a a a a a a a very common problem and is is nothing to to to to be be alarmed over These spots or
specks are are referred to to to as floaters Floaters may appear to to to be be in in tin in in front of the the the the the eye eye but they are are actually floating in tin in in in the the the the the fluid inside the the the the the eye eye Most of the the the the the time floaters are are noticed when reading looking at at at a a a a a a a a a a blank wall or
gazing at at at a a a a a a a a a a clear sky Floaters are small clumps of gel that form in in the the the the vitreous (the clear jelly-like fluid which fills the the the the the cavity inside the the the the the eye) and are are usually a a a a a a a a a a a result of the the the aging process They are are especially common in in in nearsighted people people people people people people who who have have suffered eye eye injuries and people people people who who have have had eye eye surgery Although annoying they are generally of o little importance Floaters themselves usually do not require treatment often they they diminish with time and may may become less bothersome However in in some cases they they may may be be a a a a a a a a symptom of of a a a a a a a a more serious problem A sudden onset of of of of many floaters accompanied with flashes of of of light could be a a a a a a a a a a a a a sign of of of a a a a a a a a a a a a a retinal tear or
or
detachment With a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a complete eye examination it it it can be be be determined if if the the the floaters are are harmless or
or
or
if if they are are the the the beginning of a a a a a a a a a a more serious problem It is always best to to consult your eye care physician when symptoms begin begin Aker Kasten Eye Eye Center • Excellence in Eye Eye Care
















































































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