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How To Prevent Eye Strain

How To Prevent Eye Strain

Our eyes are a complex organ encompassed by muscles that can be overworked. Studies show that 50% to 90% of people who work on computers have some symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS).

CVS, also known as Digital Eye Strain, is similar to carpal tunnel syndrome and other repetitive motion injuries. It is not one specific issue but a range of eye strain and vision-related problems. CVS occurs when our eyes are focused on a computer or display for long, uninterrupted periods of time, following the same path over and over.

Common symptoms include headaches, dry eyes, blurred vision, eye strain, and neck and shoulder pain.

Here are a few steps you can take to help prevent the onset of CVS and reduce eye strain.

Take breaks often: Every hour or so, take a break from looking at a screen. Walk over to the office kitchen for coffee or water, say hello to a colleague nearby, or do a lap around the office. Moving around will help you feel more energized while giving your eyes a much needed rest from the glare of a screen.

Modify your workstation: Setting up an ergonomic workstation will help prevent eye strain and fatigue. Light levels along with monitor distance and placement reduce headaches, eye fatigue and neck strain. Place desk lights, such as the Humanscale Element Disc Light, over paper documents and away from your monitor to prevent glare. Monitors should be arms distance away, at least 20 inches, and the center of your screen should reach eye level. Using a monitor arm allows for effortless adjustments.

Observe the 20-20-20 rule: If you work on a computer all day, you can reduce eye strain with this rule. Every 20 minutes, take a 20 second break to shift your focus on something 20 feet away. Make this rule work for you. If every 30 minutes is better, try a 30-20-20 approach. It’s more important to give your eyes a break than to stick to 20 minutes. Find a schedule that works with the way you work.

Blink: It sounds simple enough, nevertheless people tend to blink less frequently when working on a computer. This leads to dry, red eyes. Making a conscious effort to blink more will keep eyes moist.

If you are experiencing eye strain, neck pain, or headaches at the office, visit your local Relax The Back location to speak with one of our trained specialists. They can assist you with a workstation setup to prevent pain throughout the day.

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Workplace Eye Wellness Month

eyestrainMarch is Workplace Eye Wellness Month. If you work on a computer, or look at e-readers, tablets, and smart phones for prolonged periods of time, you may be one of the many individuals who experience eyestrain and vision problems throughout the day.

A new study is claiming that we are spending more time on our phones and laptops than we are spending sleeping. On average, people spend 8 hours 41 minutes on digital devices and 8 hours 21 minutes sleeping a day.

These prolonged periods of time spent looking at a screen can lead to serious eye problems. One in particular is known as Computer Vision Syndrome. CVS, or Digital Eye Strain, is a group of vision and eye-related problems that result from prolonged digital device use.

The most common symptoms include:

  • Headaches
  • Blurred vision
  • Dry eyes
  • Eyestrain
  • Neck and Shoulder pain

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to help prevent the onset of CVS and reduce eyestrain and discomfort.

  • 20/20 Rule: If you’re working at a computer, take a 20 second break every 20 minutes to shift your focus on something 20 feet away.
  • Don’t forget to blink: When looking at a screen, make a conscious effort to blink more. It’s common for people to blink less frequently while working on a computer, which leads to dry, red eyes. Blinking often keeps eyes moist.
  • Take breaks: Every hour take a break from your desk and your computer screen to move around. Not only does this help with energy levels and productivity, it helps rest your eyes from the glare of your monitor.
  • Proper ergonomics: Take into account the position of lighting and your monitor. Proper lighting placement and monitor height reduce eye fatigue and neck strain.
  • See a doctor: Stay up-to-date on your eye health and schedule regular eye exams with your doctor. Be sure to tell them if you use digital devices daily.

Visit your local Relax The Back location to receive an ergonomic workstation assessment to help keep eyestrain and fatigue to a minimum.