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Why You Should Avoid Eyestrain

August 7, 2014

Avoid Eyestrain

Ever spend a long day at work or studying only to get home and have your eyes feel irritated and uncomfortable? Spending prolonged periods of time staring at a computer screen can have adverse effects on the health of your eyes. Eyestrain, also known as eye fatigue, is a very common (and irritating) condition which can be caused by using a computer without allowing yourself adequate rest.

Although eyestrain is a relatively innocuous issue, it can be indicative of more serious eye conditions. If your eyestrain is persistent and associated with headaches, discomfort, double vision, or significant changes in eyesight, you should seek medical attention.

What causes eyestrain?

Eyestrain can be brought on by extended periods of intensive eye use, especially in situations that require focusing at a specific distance. Close work such as reading, writing, and using digital devices can leave you feeling exhausted if you don’t take time to refocus and relax your eyes. Even driving can cause eyestrain without regular breaks. This type of eyestrain affects around 50%-90% of individuals that use computers for work. This kind of work cuts your frequency of blinking in half, depriving your eyes of the lubrication necessary to clear debris and avoid dry eyes.  It’s difficult to avoid using digital screens in the modern world as they become more integrated with our daily life, so taking precautions to prevent experiencing eye fatigue is crucial.

What are the symptoms?

Besides being bothersome, eyestrain also causes the following symptoms:

–          Irritated eyes

–          Trouble focusing

–          Dry eyes

–          Blurred vision

–          Light sensitivity

–          Neck, shoulder, or back pain

How do I avoid eyestrain?

Since eyestrain is mostly caused by workplace habits, it can easily be prevented with some small changes to your behavior. Make sure that your screen is 20 – 26 inches away from your face and slightly below eye level. Try to keep your screen clear of dust and smudges as they can reduce contrast and make it more difficult for you to see. google down . Find ways to cut down on glare, such as repositioning your screen relative to light sources or using a glare filter.

How has eyestrain affected you in the workplace? Let us know!