Close to 70 percent of Americans use computers as integral parts of their daily work.
Because so much information is transmitted digitally, it’s hard to look away from your screen. When the brunt of your job is information processing on a screen, fatigue can certainly set in.
This is where Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) comes into play. This syndrome is caused when you stare at a screen for a long period of time. Because your eyes constantly have to adjust and readjust when you’re staring at the screen, your eye muscles can become fatigued and tired. Blurred or double vision, dry eyes, irritation, headaches or neck and back pain can all be symptoms of CVS. What’s worse, is as you near the age of 40, your eyes have a harder time focusing, which may cause you difficulty if you stare at a computer screen all day for work or other purposes.
By now you’re probably feeling disheartened, but remember, SO many people are in the same boat. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of seven things you can do to help your eyes and reduce that screen fatigue.
- Glasses. Screen fatigue glasses are available from several online retailers. These glasses are coated with a film that’s supposed to keep glare and bright light from getting in your eyes as you work. They are meant to help reduce headaches and eye fatigue that come from staring at a screen for long periods of time. If you’ve never heard of them, they may be worth looking into (ha ha, get it?).
- Take a Break. If you have a hard time allowing yourself to break because you’re so busy at work, just set an alarm on your phone. When it goes off, just stand up for a minute or two, stretch your arms, and turn your attention away from the screen. This will help you refocus your energy while allowing your eyes to rest for a few moments.
- Clear Vision. Professional Botanicals carries a special formula called Clear Vision, which is designed to support healthy vision, sugar metabolism, circulation, digestion and liver function, all of which are essential to good eye health. With consistent use, Clear Vision supports the maintenance of healthy eyesight. This formula also contains Zeaxanthin and other key ingredients all targeted towards supporting eye health. To learn more about this product, visit www.professionalbotanicals.com.
- Reduce Glare. If you sit in a workspace that repeatedly has glare from windows or lights, you may consider rearranging your desk. If you can reduce external glare from the screen, your eyes will not have to readjust as often while you’re working.
- Adjust Display. The brightness level of your computer screen can also factor into the fatigue your eyes experience. Go to the settings and find the brightness level. You can adjust it to a lower brightness, which will reduce the harsh light streaming from the screen.
- Stay Hydrated. Proper water intake helps reduce eye strain, itchiness and irritation. Sometimes when we perform work that isn’t physically strenuous we easily forget the importance of drinking water. Get in the habit of keeping a bottle at your desk and refilling it as soon as it’s empty.
- Exercise. Just to be clear, we’re not encouraging exercise during working hours. We want you to keep your job. Instead, take time each day to do some sort of physical activity for at least 30 minutes. Studies have shown that people who exercise regularly were less likely to develop eye disease. Good eye health is essential, and easily supported with exercise.
In our digital world, it’s easy to feel like you’re chained to a desk. But it’s so important to take care of your health. Putting these ideas into practice will enable you to take a few minutes for yourself, and keep the balance that’s essential for a good life.