Comment: Eye strain is a common and annoying condition. Eye strain is rarely a serious condition. Common sense precautions at home, work, and when outdoors may help prevent or reduce eye strain. Yet, sometimes there may be underlying conditions resulting in eye strain that may require medical treatment. If you have eye strain and it remains persistent, you may want to visit your eye specialists. Dennis Hilton, For The Company Safety Council
General: Do you ever find yourself rubbing your eyes, blinking repeatedly and looking away from your computer screen? You may be experiencing eye strain. The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) notes that as more and more workers stare at computer screens and monitors all day, side effects from eye strain – including blurred vision, headaches, dry eyes and frequent blinking – are becoming more common.
How Then Can You Prevent Eye Strain?
For most people, eye strain results from focusing too intently on a screen and not blinking enough, according to AOA. To help relieve eye strain, try to blink more or use artificial tears. Other tips AOA recommends to prevent eye strain include:
1. Ensure your working space is properly lit. This may mean closing blinds to prevent glare and avoiding fluorescent lights.
2. To help diminish glare, place an anti-glare screen on your monitor and pain walls dark colors.
3. Take regular rest breaks (every few hours for five minutes) to allow your eyes to relax.
4. Position your monitor 20 to 26 inches away from your eyes.
5. Ask your eye care provider about devices that might help, such as anti-reflective lenses or bifocal lenses.
6. If the text size on your monitor is too small, adjust it until it is big enough to comfortably read. Generally, this means increasing the text size about three times.
7. If you are younger than 40, AOA recommends seeing an eye doctor at least every other year; people 40 and older should make an annual appointment.
8. Not following proper procedure.
9. Not wearing personal protective equipment.
10. Playing around or joking in the workplace.
Conclusion: Usually eye strain can be prevented or reduced by making simple changes in your work habits or environments.