December 23, 2020

How to keep your eyes healthy whilst working from home

Working on a computer or other kind of screen all day can have a negative impact on our eyes. From headaches and eye strain to dry eyes and blurred vision, there are many different symp-toms that you might find yourself experiencing – particularly if you’re working at home now due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Luckily there are a few simple steps you can take to help miti-gate the impact of heavy screen use on your eyes, all of which you can continue to follow if and when you go back to the office. Here are our top tips.

Take regular breaks from the screen
Whilst it’s impossible to avoid screen use altogether, getting away from them for brief moments throughout the day can be really helpful. A great tip to follow is the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes look at something about 20 feet away from you for 20 seconds. This is a simple trick that helps relax the eye muscles and ensure that they get the breaks they require. If possible, try and get outdoors into the fresh air and sunshine to feel the biggest benefit. When you really can’t get away from the screen, try and deliberately blink more often in order to keep your eyes more moist.

Set up your screen correctly
Just as setting up your desk, chair and computer ergonomically is good for your posture, it’s also good for your eyes. One of the main factors is to try and avoid being too close to the screen. Being at least an arm’s length away is best if possible, although this might be harder when on a smartphone. Larger screens tend to be better as they are easier to view, and if possible try and have a lot of natural light in the room where you work – just make sure it’s not causing any glare on the screen. Blue light glasses can also be a big help at reducing eye strain. 


Book an eye exam
Even if you don’t currently have any issues with your vision, it’s a good idea to see an optometrist every couple of years. Not only can they check a wide range of factors such as your eye focus, peripheral vision and depth perception, they can also run tests on the health of your eyes in order to catch early signs of conditions such as glaucoma. If you have kids, you’ll want to take them to a clinic such as Park Slope Eye regularly too, to make sure their eyes are developing properly. 

Eat healthily
Finally, like with so many aspects of our health, what we eat is crucial for keeping our eyes healthy. Dark leafy greens, nuts and seeds, fish, and citrus fruits are packed with vitamins like A, E and lutein, as well as omega 3 fatty acids – all of which are vital for eye health. Drinking lots of water can also help to make your eyes feel more comfortable and stop them from drying out.  

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1 comment:

  1. thanks for sharing dear. ako pa naman me time nag twitch mata ko grabe. kaya pipikit talaga ako for a few minutes or minsan iidlip. dapat talaga pinagrerest ang eyes.


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