When you work in an office every day, you tend to spend a lot of time staring at a computer screen. This causes a lot of stress on your eyes which can lead to a condition called computer vision syndrome. Symptoms include eye fatigue, dry eyes, blurred vision, headaches, neck and shoulder pain, red eyes and eye twitching.
Here are a few things you can do to protect your eyes while at work.
Make an appointment for a comprehensive eye exam
During your appointment make sure to mention your working habits, including how long and how often you use a computer or other digital device while at work. Even if you have good vision and don’t think you need glasses, even a mild prescription can improve your eyestrain and curb fatigue when working at a computer.
Good lighting is key
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 your traditional office. You can reduce exterior light by closing blinds or by using lower intensity light bulbs. Computer users often find that turning off overhead fluorescent lights and replacing them with floor lamps is easier on their eyes.
Don’t forget to blink
When you start to focus on device or screen, you are less likely to blink. This prevents the eye from remaining moist and fresh. Making a conscious effort to blink more while working or watching can prevent dryness and irritation.
Use the 20-20-20 rule. Look away from your computer every 20 minutes and gaze at something else located 20 feet away for a minimum of 20 seconds. This will help with focusing fatigue. The 20-20-20 rule helps relax the eyes focusing muscles and reduce computer vision syndrome.