Eye Wellness in the Workplace

eye strain from computer useMarch is Workplace Eye Wellness Month. No matter what your occupation, it is important to protect your eyes and your vision from damage, infection, and disease. 

For those of us who spend numerous hours each day in front of a computer or other “screen”, it is important to take steps to reduce eye strain, which can result in Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS). CVS, also known as Digital Eye Strain, refers to a group of ocular problems that can result from poor lighting, glare, and other issues related to computer use. Further, undiagnosed or uncorrected vision problems can exacerbate these issues. Common symptoms include headache, dry eye, blurred vision, and eyestrain.

CVS can often be avoided by taking certain preventative measures, such as:

  • Certain people may benefit from glasses prescribed specifically for computer use
  • Follow the 20/20/20 rule – after every 20 minutes of screen time, take a 20 second break, and focus your vision on something 20 feet away
  • Don’t forget to blink! Blinking helps to prevent dry eye by spreading tear film over the cornea, keeping it moist. There are a number of free applications to remind you to blink, including these “blinkers”  from the Dry Eye Zone
  • Position your screens to reduce glare
  • See your eye care provider regularly, as well as if you have any eye strain or discomfort after using screens

Next time you sit down to the computer, be sure to follow these easy suggestions to reduce your eye strain.