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Staying sharp in a digital age

What a difference 20 years can make.  Cell phones and laptop computers were almost non-existent in 1990.  Today, no matter what you do for a living, there is a computer screen in your life.

And while we are quick to adapt to the change in technology, our eyes are having a struggle.

"we think we're stressed and have a stress headache, it could be because you're actually creating a lot of muscular eye strain," Gunnar co-founder Joe Croft said.

Doctors warn of computer vision syndrome.  Symptoms include headaches, blurry vision, and fatigue.  But a San Diego company wants to make it better.

"We've had professional video gamers, we've timed with a stopwatch and they won't blink for three and four minutes," Croft said.

The company has employees wear special yellow glasses that bring out contrast and detail.  they also help lock moisture in the eyes.

If you don't want to spend the money to buy a pair of special computer glasses you should at follow these three rules.

Work in good lighting.

Blink often.  Some people even put a reminder on their screen.

And follow the 20-20-20 rule.

Every 20 minutes look 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds.

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