Four ways to take care of your eyes
Working on a computer all day? Here are 4 ways to take care of your eyes
Many spend most of their workday looking at tiny, illuminated letters and numbers on a screen. While estimates vary, it’s believed that many people spend anything from six to eleven hours a day staring at screens during and after work.
Spending so much time in front of a screen can cause eyestrain. If you’re experiencing dry and itchy eyes or headaches, you could be suffering from Computer Vision Syndrome. Computer screens, together with other artificial light sources in office environments, give off blue light, which can also have a negative impact on the eyes.
1. Set up workstations for good eye health
Working too close or too far from your screen can put unnecessary stress on your eyes. Place your computer screen at arm’s length away and ensure that the top of the screen is at eye level. If possible, lower your screen so you are looking slightly downwards at it.
2. Avoid glare
The brightness of your screen should match the brightness of your surroundings. If your office light is too bright, consider dimming the lights or changing the light bulbs to provide softer lighting. Make sure that light from the office light source, or even from the window, isn’t reflecting off your screen.
3. Use the 20-20-20 rule at work
Use the 20-20-20 rule to mitigate eye strain. Simply look 6 meters (about 20 feet) away for 20 seconds every 20 minutes when working in front of a screen.
4. Eat right for eye health
While what you eat can’t prevent eye strain or vision problems, it can enhance eye health. One of the most important nutrients is Omega-3 fatty acid, found in nuts, seeds, and oily fish like salmon and tuna. If you aren’t into fish and nuts, Omega-3 is also available as a supplement.
Get enough carotenoids, leafy greens, and Vitamin C. Like your grandma always told you, carrots really are good for your eyes. They’re full of beta-carotene, which the body uses to make vitamin A. Vitamin A deficiencies impede the supply of a pigment called rhodopsin that’s critical for sight in low light and at night.
Concerned about your eyes?
Check your vision by going to an optometrist and make sure you get the right solution for your work needs. If you’re spending all day in front of screens, Shamir Computer lenses provide optimal vision.
Ask your optometrist for Shamir lenses, available in leading optical stores. Find a Shamir stockist near you with our Store Locator.