Tips For Avoiding Eye Strain At Work
Have you been staring at a screen for hours in the office? Maybe you are noticing you’re rubbing your eyes frequently during the day. Have your eyes been getting puffy? If any of these sounds familiar, you could be experiencing eye strain. One direct reason for experiencing eye strain is due to constant long-term exposure to certain things, such as a computer screen. Reading content and looking at things on a computer for long periods often results in eye strain. Of course, this goes for other devices too, including iPads, and smartphones. When you work in an office, not looking at a monitor isn’t exactly an option. The following are several ways you can avoid eye strain, or limit it.
Getting Your Eyes Checked
Although the computer screen you stare at all day can be a large factor in eye strain, there are sometimes other reasons that your eyes get this way. If this is the case, it is important that you find out what it is, and get it taken care of soon so that you avoid unnecessary eye strain. Also, it could prevent decreased vision later on.
You might find that you need glasses, even if it is just reading glasses to help reduce eye strain. Did you know that reading glasses alone can help drastically? You may even find that they help reduce or eliminate your frequent headaches too. An eye exam will be the only way to determine if reading glasses or prescription glasses are needed. This optometrist will be able to let you know what strength reading glasses to get as well, if needed. This is why a yearly exam is recommended, and why you should be in the habit of getting one along with your teeth cleaning and physical checkup.
The 20/20/20 Rule
Even though you might take a break occasionally while at work, the “rabbit hole” is often a slippery slope which still manages to have you staring at the screen too much while at work. Therefore, the 20/20/20 rule can help reduce eye strain throughout the day.
This rule refers to resting your eyes at periodic times throughout the day to ensure you’re not focusing on a screen, reading or filling out a lot of paperwork by hand, the same rule applies. For every 20 minutes you’re staring at a monitor or reading paperwork, rest your eyes for about 20 seconds by staring at an object 20ft away from you. The reason for doing this is because it will work the eye muscles a little, helping to eliminate strain from focusing on the same up-close thing for long periods of time. You’re able to sneak in 20 seconds a few times an hour to reduce eye strain, can’t you?
If you are working on an older computer screen, the risk of eye strain is much more likely to occur and it can be more harmful in the long run for vision too. Anyone who has worked for a company, especially an older company is likely to run into a computer that looks like it’s been repaired from the 1990s, companies rarely enjoy spending money on upgrades and usually wait until there is no cheaper alternative to purchasing new equipment to upgrade.
However, new screens are designed to provide less “blue light”. Although you are not really looking at a blue light, but your eyes will detect the blue light we’re referring to. Not only can blue light keep you awake at night, it can result in eye strain throughout the day when staring at the screen! If you’re not able to switch monitors at work, or just don’t want to go through that hassle, try installing a filter to reduce the strain.
Adjusting Office Light
Not only does the light from a computer screen result in eye strain issues, but the office lighting can too. If your office is too bright, it can create a glare on the screen, this often triggers symptoms of eye strain. However, poor lighting can create trouble too. So, no working in the dark, aim for a balanced lighting.
Keep in mind, the objective is to avoid eye strain. Therefore, any actions you take should support this, while helping to maintain healthy eyes and vision.