According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, each year, nearly 25,000 Americans visit the emergency room due to a workplace eye injury. During Workplace Eye Wellness Month this March, Griffin Eye Center and the American Academy of Ophthalmology reminds employers and workers about the importance of wearing certified and approved eye protection.
We usually think of work-related eye injuries as being isolated to outdoor jobs such as construction work, landscaping or animal handling. Ironically, working in an office can be just as hazardous to your eyesight. The most common eye problem is computer vision syndrome. While consistently being on your computer will not permanently damage your vision, it can make your eyes feel irritated and fatigued.
Computer Vision Syndrome, also referred to as Digital Eye Strain, describes a group of eye and vision-related problems that result from prolonged computer, tablet and cell phone use.
Too much screen time and not enough breaks can cause headaches, loss of concentration, neck pain, back strain, and dry eye. Studies show that staring at a screen for extended periods of time lengthens the interval between blinks, preventing eyes from staying lubricated and moistened.
Here are some ways to help reduce computer vision syndrome and keep your eyes feeling comfortable:
• Reposition your screen. Adjust your screen to be at a right angle away from any direct light source. Invest in an anti-glare screen for your monitor to make computer work gentler on your eyes.
• Remember the 20-20-20 rule. This rule reminds you that every 20 minutes, you should look at an object at least 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds.
• Rest your eyes for 15 minutes after two hours of continuous computer use.
• Blink often to keep your eyes moist. If they feel dry, try some eye drops.
It is important to schedule regular comprehensive eye exams and have proper viewing habits to reduce the development of the symptoms associated with Computer Vision Syndrome.
To schedule a comprehensive eye appointment call 843-449-6414 or for more information on Dry Eye Disease visit griffineyecenter.com.