Did you ever try closing your eyes for half an hour or at least ten minutes and work on something? If not, try once. You will realize the significance of eyes and the vision.
Being a vital organ of vision, eyes plays a very important role not only in life but also the Human body. The human eye is the organ which gives us the sense of sight, allowing us to learn more about the surrounding world than we do with any of the other four senses. We use our eyes in almost every activity we perform, whether reading, watching television, and in other countless ways. Now days, good vision is critical and essential to conducting activities of daily living easily. It is important for language, and affects developmental learning, communicating, working, health and quality of life.
If you are working on a computer, follow these tips to reduce eyestrain and to keep your eyes as healthy as possible.
People generally tend to blink less while staring at the computer screen or any electronic device. Blinking is very important while working on a computer as it moistens your eyes and prevents irritation and drying. If you forget to blink, you are at risk of developing dry eye syndrome.
Drinking adequate water is not just good for health; but also to your eyes. So drink plenty of water while working on the computer and also keep over-the-counter eye drops available at the work place to keep your eyes well hydrated.
20/20/20 is an eye exercise performed to reduce the risk of dry eyes if you are working on a computer. Always remember to take a 20-second break, every 20 minutes and focus on the vision that is nearly 20 feet away. This will help in keeping your eyes moist.
People who take a 15-minute break from the computer in a day are at higher risk of developing eye strain when compared to people who take four additional 5-minute “mini-breaks.” So take regular mini-breaks without affecting the work productivity. And also, do not forget to stand up and stretch your arms legs back, neck and shoulders to reduce tension and muscle fatigue during the breaks.
For the greatest comfort at the computer, you can even modify your eyeglasses to customized computer glasses. It is especially good for those who are habituated to lenses as they may become dry and uncomfortable during continuous computer work.
You should develop a habit of undergoing an eye check-up every year or more often even if you are not experiencing any problems. During the exam, make sure to tell your doctor how often you use a computer at the work place.
Excessive bright light usually causes eye strain. Therefore, when you are working make sure your ambient light should not be bright and try to eliminate the exterior light by closing drapes or shades. Use fluorescent tubes or lower intensity bulbs and tubes.
Adjust the brightness of the display so that it is approximately the same as the brightness of your surrounding workplace. You can also use glare filters on your computer. Make sure you adjust the text size, especially while reading or documenting to reduce eye strain and fatigue.
Incorrect posture during computer work also contributes to computer vision syndrome. To prevent this, adjust the workstation and chair to the correct height and place the screen nearly 20 to 26 inches away from the eyes and a bit below the eye-level. Try to select computer screens that can tilt and swivel and an adjustable keyboard.
Apart from the tips mentioned, make sure you eat well, and get adequate sleep at night to give required rest, lubrication and nutrients to your eyes. Following these simple steps will go a long way towards protecting your eyes at the work place. Don’t take your eyes for granted and let eyestrain sneak upon you. Remember, your eyes are not designed for non-stop computer use. Follow the tips and make healthy adjustments to protect your eyes.
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