Read at your own risk

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Read at your own risk

July 5, 2012 Updated Jul 5, 2012 at 10:45 AM CDT

ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- Be careful reading this article, it may not be good for your eyes.

Many may have never heard of Computer Vision Syndrome until now, but it's a condition experts say is more common that realized.

Computer Vision Syndrome, or CVS, is eyestrain and discomfort that comes about due to frequent staring at a computer screen or other electronic monitor for long periods of time. Symptoms can include blurred or double vision, dry, red eyes, eye irritation, headaches and neck or back pain.

But it's not only workers in front of computer screens that are exposed to CVS. According to new data from the American Optometric Association, an alarming amount of children are experiencing CVS.

AOA says 60 percent of parents indicated in a nationwide consumer survey that their children spend up to four hours a day at home or in school looking at a computer or digital device. That exposure could contribute to furthering symptoms of CVS.

Dr. Geoffrey Goodfellow, with AOA and the Illinois Optometric Association recommends taking frequent visual breaks, remembering to blink, and visiting an optometrist yearly.

So far, studies have not shown long term effects caused by CVS, but that symptoms can be made worse by underlying eye conditions, like an astigmatism.

More information can be found at www.aoa.org.

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