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    Computer. How do I manage being on it.

    Hi all, I'm in day 2 of my dry eyes and not happy girl.

    Because of my health problems I am home all day laying down watching Tv or on my laptop. ALL DAY LONG! So this is seriously hampering my life.

    Can someone explain to me in simple terms why looking at the computer screen dries my eyes out so much. I can be on for maybe 10 minutes and my eyes are already dry.

    What can I do to lessen this? Would a colored film over my screen help? I've enlarged the screen like someone suggested somewhere so that helps.

    I'd like to be able to use my computer at least an hour before I have to rest and put it down.

    Thanks

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    Hi Mewkiss,

    A major problem with computer use is that when we look at the screen, we tend to stare and not blink. When we don't blink, our eyes get drier. There is an eye blink icon that can be downloaded onto your computer. The eye blink and thus reminds you to blink. It can be found on the main page of the dry eye zone. It is a good idea to plan breaks where you look away from the computer.

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    Couple of additional tips - try to arrange that the computer be situated low in relation to your eyes so you're looking down, not straight out or up, so that more of your eye surfaces are covered by your lids. If you have any goggles or safety glasses you can wear while on the computer/TV that will help too by retaining moisture around the eyes.
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    Hi Rebecca, I read about that. Because of my other health problems, I am always laying down almost flat with my computer on my lap. I think I can try to keep my eyes half closed that will help.

    But knowing why this happens, and that I need to blink helps. For me understanding why is a huge help.

    Now to find that blink icon. (hope it works on my mac)

    I wear glasses so goggles are probably out of the question for me, at least for now.

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    Where is this icon?

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    http://dryeyezone.com/reminders/index.html

    There's also a link to a more sophisticated kind of reminder.
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    This is fantastic! Thanks so much! Workrave won't work on my Mac but I love this blinker.

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    Works great on a Mac if you drag an eyeball onto a sticky note and put it in a corner of the screen where it won't get covered up.
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    I have my eyeball just to the right of my screen where I can see it but it's not in the way of stuff. I will try the stickies though if this does not work. Right now this is good.

    It seems though once my eyes get dry from looking at the screen, no matter how much I blink they are toast and I have to stop. This is really going to be a problem I have to figure out.

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    I use f.lux program. It softens the color of the display. I love it, it has eased my eyestrain from using the computer considerably.

    http://stereopsis.com/flux/

    I also use Eyes Relax, you can set it to remind you at any interval you choose to take a break and rest your eyes.

    http://themech.net/eyesrelax/

    Hope these work on a mac, I have a pc
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    Magoo! Holy smokes this is great! It really takes the edge off my eyes. And it put the icon in my toolbar to remind me. Fantastic.

    I have not done the eyesrelax because I cannot see a Mac download. I'll look. I have a blinker set up so that is helping me too.

    I can really tell already how much of a difference this makes.

    Thanks.

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    f.lux is a lifesaver (eyesaver) for me. After you use it for awhile and go back and look at your screen without it, you'll wonder how you ever stood the glare. I have mine set so that it is always on the night setting.

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    No kidding. You can feel your eyes feel less stress from it. I have them both set almost all they way to the left. Is that what you have? Oh and I just noticed you can choose the kind of light you want, halogen, tungsten..I have my on the custom I think.

    I am looking at something called Time Out. I need a break though. I'm addicted to my computer so this is soooo hard.

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    f.lux is awesome. I don't know how I lived without it. I always forget to tell people about it because it just works quietly in the background.
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    This is the best thing for my computer in ages. Even if I didn't have dry eyes I'd be using it. Should be a must have to use your computer. Can't say thanks enough.

    I downloaded Time Out which is for Mac;s. Not sure how to use it yet. I'll keep you posted.

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    I just went and looked at my settings. I thought mine was set for night, but I see now it is actually set on Halogen. Yes, way over to the left for both. I couldn't figure out why I would want the brighter settings, the fluorescent and daylight settings are just too bright for me. I tell everyone I can about f.lux, it's not very well known and it should be. It is so common, even for people without dry eye, to have eye problems with being on the computer.

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    I wonder what the difference between the halogen and customer setting is? It seems like the halogen is a little brighter. Not sure.
    Yes people should know about this. I had to get rid of the other program. The timer thing. It slowed my computer down so much it was horrible. Nothing was loading.

    I do see that the computer is my downfall. When not on it I can force myself to blink and get some tears going and am much more comfortable. I feel like my vision is blurry trying to keep my eyes 1/2 closed.

    This is so much trial and error.

    Thanks magoo, I owe you a cocktail!

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    hmmm, I don't have a custom setting, just halogen, fluorescent and daylight. Maybe it's different on a Mac?
    So glad this helps you

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    I just looked and it says Lighting at night... then gives me those options plus the custom. I'll see later on.

    Yes you were a huge help. Love your puppy.

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    At my LipiFlow appointment in July, I was given blinking exercises. I've cut-and-pasted the instructions below.

    BLINKING EXERCISES

    Blinking Sequence:

    Close – Pause – Pause – Open – Relax
    Close – Pause – Pause – Squeeze – Open - Relax


    1. Hold your fingers at the corners of your eyes and blink. If you feel anything, you are using your defense muscle that runs along the side of your head. Your blinking muscles are above the eyelids.

    2. Read the blinking sequence. It is very important to do the pause step to make complete contact between the upper and lower lids (partial blinking is very common in people with dry eye). When you are doing it correctly you should feel no movement under your fingers.

    3. Blinking is very task-dependent. For example, if you spend a lot of time on the computer, you are probably blinking much less frequently and might want to post a copy of the blinking exercises nearby. (Other pastimes that decrease the blink rate are reading, driving, etc.)

    4. Lastly, it you have difficulty consciously incorporating the blinking exercises into your schedule (i.e., 5x/hour), you might want to think about something that you do often in your daily routine, such as answering phone calls, sending emails, drinking sips of water, etc. If you can condition yourself to make full contact and give a little squeeze every time you perform this action, it ought to help tremendously and be easier to do than the exercises alone.

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    Where under computer settings do I find something for light? I want to try this out, the computer is my dry eye pit fall.

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    Thanks spmcc, this is very interesting. I do feel the muscles move at the side of my eyes when I blink and I bet that helps cause my headaches, too. I have copied and printed your post.

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    I downloaded the application F.lux. Then you set up the preferences you want about brightness of the screen, stuff like that. It was pretty easy for me.

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    Trac, try this: http://stereopsis.com/flux/

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    Very interesting. I can manage to do the exercises, just have to remember of course. And make sure I'm doing them correctlly.

    Can you explain to me just what these are for? To keep the eye moist?

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    It was explained to me that the closing of the eyelids stimulates the glands to produce oil which is spread across the ocular surface by the upper eyelids.

    It could be a double whammy - as partial blinking is very common in people with dry eyes, we're drying out from exposure PLUS we're drying out because oil isn't being stimulated and spread.

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    This is good information. Not sure if I"m doing it quite right but as long as I'm doing something I think that is a start. Thanks a lot.

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    Best setting for stereopsis

    Hi all! Just wondering what you would say the best setting is for stereopsis? I am on teh computer for 7-8 hours a day at work and would love any suggestion on the best setting for the computer with this app!

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    I have mine set, both controls, all the way over to the left. That gives the screen the most "softness" day and night.

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    Do blinking exercises affect eye closure at night?

    Quote Originally Posted by spmcc View Post
    It was explained to me that the closing of the eyelids stimulates the glands to produce oil which is spread across the ocular surface by the upper eyelids.

    It could be a double whammy - as partial blinking is very common in people with dry eyes, we're drying out from exposure PLUS we're drying out because oil isn't being stimulated and spread.
    So do the blinking exercises do anything for keeping eyes closed at night? I have only one eye that has a partial blink, and I assume it doesn't close completely at night. That is also the eye that I feel something at the corner of my eye when I blink. How do I train it not to do that?

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