Since transitioning to remote working, one of the biggest problems we are facing today is digital eye strain. Also known as computer vision syndrome, typical symptoms include blurred vision, headaches, dry eyes, tired eyes, and even pain in the neck and shoulders; and the cause is largely down to staring at computer screens all day.
Tips on how to keep your eyes healthy
Don’t take your eyes for granted. You can follow these tips to keep your eyes healthy while working from home.
Take regular eye breaks
If you work on a computer all day long, experts recommend taking regular eye breaks following the 20-20-20 rule – every 20 minutes, divert your focus to something that is 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
Maintain good posture
When you sit at your computer, your feet should be flat on the floor and your wrists slightly elevated, rather than resting on your keyboard. Position your screen slightly below eye level, so your eyes are gazing downward, not straight ahead or up.
Position your workstation near a window
Choose a location near a window for your workstation so you have enough natural light. You’ll also be able to take a quick break to look out the window every time you gaze up from your computer screen.
Do your eye workouts
Your eyes contain muscles as well, which require daily exercise to stay healthy and strong. Perform eye exercises at regular intervals to help reduce eye strain. This includes closing and opening your eyes, eye rolls, and even blinking.
Wear computer glasses
Blue light emitted by screens is harmful to your eyes, especially if you are exposed to it for long durations. Computer glasses, also known as blue-light-blocking glasses, have become popular as a way of alleviating the effects of digital eye strain.
Eat eye-healthy meals
Foods that are good for the eyes include leafy green vegetables such as spinach and legumes. Vitamin A, which can be found in yellow and orange vegetables, including carrots and sweet potatoes, also improves eye health. Omega 3 is excellent for tear formation, which relieves dry eyes, so eating salmon or other cold-water fish is great for maintaining healthy eyes.
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