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Long hours staring at computers affects eye moisture, study says

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Doctors say a condition similar to dry eye disease occurs in people who look at computer screens for extended periods of time. (Source: FOX) Doctors say a condition similar to dry eye disease occurs in people who look at computer screens for extended periods of time. (Source: FOX)

(FOX) - Office workers who spend long hours looking at computer screens have changes in their tear fluid similar to people with dry eye disease.

Japanese researchers tested the tears from both eyes of nearly 100 office workers and measured how much of the total protein content of the tear contained a specific protein which naturally occurs in tear film.

Overall, the more hours people spent looking at computer screens, the less of the specific protein occurred in their tears.

The team notes this protein, called MUC5AC, helps keep the eye moist. Decreased amounts could possibly cause eye irritation.

The findings were contained in JAMA Ophthamology, a publication of the American Medical Association.

Health experts say office workers worried about dry eye can make some simple changes such as placing their terminal at a lower height and tilting the screen upward. They can also use a humidifier at the office and avoid the direct path of wind from an air conditioner.

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