The eyes may be the windows to the soul, but they’re also the keepers of all kinds of secrets—secrets our eye doctors are in on but we typically aren’t. Those little tidbits of info our baby blues (or greens or browns) are hiding are actually chock-full of important details, not only about our eyes and vision, but about our overall health. (Make YOUR well-being a priority this year! Join Prevention and other leading minds in health & wellness for our annual R3 Summit.)
Using the computer doesn’t hurt your eyes, contrary to popular perception.
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“It doesn’t actually cause physical damage or medical harm,” says Douglas Rhee, MD, chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, OH. Still, he adds, staring at the screen can strain your eyes, making them tired and your vision temporarily blurry, so it’s a good idea to take a break once in a while and to get a regular check up from your ophthalmology doctor who might prescribe eyeglasses for you to wear. Mark Fromer, MD, an ophthalmologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City and the director of eye surgery for the New York Rangers, suggests giving them a rest every 20 minutes by gazing into the distance for 2 to 5 minutes and closing them to moisten them with natural tears. If you have been noticing any other abnormalities involving your eyes, then you should get check out by this emergency eye care clinic.