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Take Care Of Your Eyes At The Workplace

Updated on October 17, 2014

Among all the gifts bestowed to human beings, nothng can match our vision. But it is unfortunate that most of us take our eyes for granted. Only when we experience issues like blurriness, itching, fatigue, pain, etc. with our eyes, we start worrying.
If you experience these problems for more than two days, you must immediately schedule an appointment with your ophthalmologist. Especially, if you work on your computer for more than 10 hours a day or watch television for long durations, there are chances of you getting affected by digital eyestrain.
People who constantly work on the computers should request their optometrists to focus mainly on digital eyestrain-related issues while getting their eyes examined. Eye care related to such workplaces require that you must take more care towards your visual hygiene. This starts with taking the right steps for seeing comfortably without any eyestrain. Since you may be using your eyes for longer hours than other people, your eyes may become fatigued. There may be effects due to ultraviolet rays and the blue light. You must therefore take regular breaks.
Causes For Eyestrain At Workplaces
If you regularly wear eye glasses or contact lenses, you must ensure that you get your eyes examined regularly and wear the right glasses or lenses. The first component that may cause eyestrain is the focal component. Researchers point out that looking at the computer screen at a close range increases your proneness to getting affected by nearsightedness.
Further, the number of times you blink comes down drastically when you are working on your computer. This causes imbalances in the tear film of the eyes that may ultimately lead to fluctuating vision, fatigue and dry eyes.

The blue light that is emitted from digital devices also causes eyestrain. Some types of blue light are good because they can control the circadian rhythms of the eyes. But at the same time, the blue light that is emitted by computers or other digital devices can bring down the melotonin levels of our body thus causing irritability and behavior problems and disturbing the patterns of our sleep. This issue may ultimately culminate into other problems like obesity, hyper-tension, diabetes, etc.
Digital Eyestrain Symptoms and How Employers Should Help Employees
Dryness, strain, fatigue, headache and blurred and fluctuating vision are the symptoms of digital eyestrain. Employers should ensure to provide workstations that conform to ergonomic standards. Apart from providing appropriate furniture, employers should get filters installed for reducing the screen glare from the screens of the computers. Employers can arrange regular eye check-ups for the employees also.
Steps You Should Take For Reducing Digital Eyestrain
Apart from setting up the workspace in the right manner, you must ensure to follow the famous 20-20-20 rule.
Since every human being should blink at least 15 times a minute and since this comes down when you work on the computer, you can make use of artificial tears for keeping the eyes hydrated. Artificial tears may help in relaxing the eye muscles also. Very importantly, you can use anti-glare lenses or glasses for minimizing glare.
If you follow these steps carefully, you can reduce your proness to getting affected by eye-related issues.


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