Whether you work at a desk or not, eyes can easily be damaged by excessive computer use or the incorrect use of safety equipment.
To protect your eyes during long hours at work, here are six quick tips for healthy eyes in our continued series to mark the Workplace Eye Wellness Month or March.
Adjust your work station
Computer screens are one of the most common ways that eyesight can deteriorate in the workplace, as bright light can cause digital eye strain plus we tend to blink less when using a computer, which leads to dry eyes.
Therefore, to make your workstation friendlier to your eyes, lower your screen’s brightness and blue light. Also, move it further away to make your workspace more comfortable and less damaging to your eyes—our recommended is that your computer screen is about 20 inches from your face and that the top of the screen is level with your nose so that you’re looking down on it.
Staring at a computer screen all day can cause dry eyes, headaches, eye strain, and neck and back pains. One of the best ways to avoid this is by giving your eyes regular breaks. When working on a computer, always remember the 20/20/20 rule: take a 20-second break every 20 minutes and focus your vision on something that is placed around 20 feet away. Longer breaks away from your computer will also benefit your eye health, thus get up and take 15 minute breaks every 1–2 hours.
Have eye safety equipment
While office workers often suffer computer-related eye conditions, eye care is just as important for those who don’t work in an office.
In fact, staff who work in industries such as construction, manufacturing and electrical work should protect their eyes against damage by wearing the correct safety eye-wear. They should also know where the nearest eyewash station is at their job site and how to use it in case of any eventuality.
4. Keep a healthy diet
Great eye health starts with a healthy diet. Eating right to protect your sight is paramount. It is therefore important to eat a diet rich in vitamin C and E, Omega–3 fatty acids, and fruits and vegetables, particularly dark, leafy greens, such as spinach and kale.
5. Have regular eye exams
Having an eye exam at least once every 1–2 years is essential for healthy eyes, especially when you work in an environment that is hazardous to eye health.
During an eye checkup, an ophthalmologist won’t just check for changes in your vision, but will also look for signs of other medical problems and conditions, thus make sure you schedule a routine eye exam.
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