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Nacogdoches eye expert: Take breaks from the computer to protect your vision

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Want to keep your 20-20 vision?

East Texas eye doctors say the key 20-20-20.

 "Every 20 minutes just take 20 seconds to look about 20 feet away, blink and rest your eyes," Dr. Robert Lehmann, Medical Director, Lehmann Eye Center.

Computers, cell phones, tablets and other electronics are what experts believe cause a condition called computer vision syndrome.

"Those things include different, contrast, flickers and other concerns," Lehmann said.

Dr. Robert Lehmann says about a third of his patients have some form of computer vision syndrome, some of the symptoms; blurred and double vision, headaches and dry eyes.

"Dry eye is promoted by any concentrated near effort," Lehmann said.

Even eye center employees take preventative action, applying eye drops throughout the day to avoid any strain on their eyes.

Network administrator for the Lufkin ISD Cathy Mason says most of her days are spent in front of a computer monitor.

 "Some days its all day and some days its three or four hours but on the average I will say five to six hours," Mason said.

To make sure she's keeping her eye sight in check, she wears a specific pair of glasses while she works.

 "He gave me a set of bifocals geared for the distance that I sit here and that has helped tremendously," Mason said.

Experts say if you know you're going to be spending long hours in front of a computer to plan small breaks every 20 minutes each hour to avoid a strain on your eyes.

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