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It's a side effect of the digital age all that time we spend in front of our computers, tablets, and mobile devices is hurting our eyes. Researchers say staring at those screens for hours a day can cause digital eye strain.

Dr. Asbell says, "They can get headaches, they feel that their eyes are dry or irritated, or itchy."

A survey conducted by the Vision Council shows nearly 70 percent of American adults have experienced the syndrome experts say an increasing number of children are also showing symptoms which include dry, irritated eyes, blurred vision. More severe symptoms include headaches, neck, and shoulder pain.

Experts say those side effects are less common.

Experts say looking at a computer is different than reading something in print. The reduced contrast and glare on a computer screen can strain your eyes more than reading a book does.

Dr. Asbell says, "A lot of it is created by not blinking."

Some experts say the blue light emitted by electronic screens can contribute to vision loss but say further research is needed.

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