How to protect your eyes while at the office
Everyone seems to be staring at a screen these days, whether their computer, their smartphone, or another digital device. The stress it puts on your eyes can cause a condition called digital eye strain or computer vision syndrome. Symptoms include eye fatigue, dry eyes, blurred vision, headaches, neck and shoulder pain, red eyes, and eye twitching. If you are looking for information about how you can protect your eyes while at the office, then you have come to the right place at Mountain Eye Care. In this article, we share some information about how you can protect your eyes while you are working at the office.
See your eye doctor for an exam on a regular basis
This is one of the most important things you can do to prevent or treat symptoms associated with computer vision syndrome. Computer vision syndrome may be exacerbated by an underlying dry eye disease, which can be diagnosed and treated by your vision care specialist.
Good lighting is very beneficial
Excessively bright light, whether due to outdoor sunshine coming in through the window or harsh interior lighting, is a common cause of eyestrain. When using your computer, your ambient lighting should be about 50% dimmer than what is typically found in most offices. You can reduce exterior light by closing drapes, blinds, or shades and diminish interior illumination by using fewer or lower intensity bulbs. Computer users often find that turning off overhead fluorescent lights and replacing them with floor lamps is easier on their eyes.
Minimize the glare
Eyestrain can be aggravated by glare from light reflecting off surfaces including your computer screen. Position your computer so that windows are neither directly in front of nor behind the monitor, but rather to the side of it. Consider installing an anti-glare screen on your display. You can also invest in a pair of blue light glasses. The coating on the lens of blue light glasses is meant to reflect away the blue light that comes off of your computer screen.
Don’t forget to blink!
When staring at a digital device people tend to blink up to 66% less often, and often the blinks performed during computer work are only parts that aren’t as effective at keeping the eyes moist and fresh feeling. Making a conscious effort to blink more while working or watching can prevent dryness and irritation.
There are many things that you can do to protect your eyes while you are at the office or even working from home. For more information about proper vision care, we encourage you to get in touch with a representative at Mountain Eye Care today.
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