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NEW YORK (CBS NEWS) - Ever since Apple announced the third generation model for their popular tablet, everyone’s talking iPad. But not everyone’s going gaga over the new device — especially eye doctors. iPads, much like any computer or smartphone screen you stare at for awhile, might contribute to “computer vision syndrome,” a set of eye problems caused by staring at a screen for long periods of time without taking a break.

According to the American Optometric Association, symptoms of “computer vision syndrome” include eyestrain, headaches, blurred vision and dry eyes. Any many of us may already have the syndrome and not even realize it. People who spend two or more continuous hours in front of a computer or digital media each day are most at risk for computer vision syndrome, according to Wake Forest Family Eyecare.

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