HELPFUL TIPS ON EYE CARE
With so many of us spending lots of time in front of the
computer every day it comes to no surprise that research
is showing a rise in visual problems. What can one do?
First, itís important to find out how you can protect your
eyes through eye health exams and by making a few minor
changes in your computer viewing habits.
HERE ARE SOME HELPFUL EYE CARE TIPS -
Positioning is everything
Correct positioning of your computer, keyboard and typing
copy is essential. Your screen should be positioned about
an armís length from your eyes and 20 degrees below eye
level. Consider foot and wrist rests for added comfort.
Lighting can make all the difference
Room lighting should be diffuse, not direct, to reduce
glare and reflections from your screen. Look into an
internal or external glare screen and be sure to set your
colour, contrast and brightness levels to suit you.
A little extra help for your glasses
Anti-reflective coatings on the lenses of your glasses can
be applied by your optometrist to reduce discomfort and to
ease reduced vision from bright and/or flickering light
sources such as VDTs and fluorescent lights. And donít
forget, your doctor of optometry can talk to you about
eyeglasses designed specifically for people who use
computers a lot.
Take time out, our 20-20-20 rule
STEP I :-
After every 20 minutes of looking into the computer
screen, turn your head and try to look at any object
placed at least 20 feet away. This changes the focal
length of your eyes, a must-do for the tired eyes.
STEP II :-
Try and blink your eyes for 20 times in succession, to
STEP III :-
Time permitting of course, one should walk 20 paces after
every 20 minutes of sitting in one particular posture.
Helps blood circulation for the entire body.
Itís all in the blinking
Did you know that on average we blink 12 times per minute?
But wait, did you know that when weíre on the computer we
only blink 5 times per minute? That can add up to dry
eyes. Relieve the discomfort by using artificial tear
drops or gels and remember to blink!
Sit straight at your workstation and rub your palms
against each other till you feel them warm. The warmth of
your palms helps soothe and relax tired eyes. Then,
lightly cup your eyes with your palms and relax for 60
seconds. Count the seconds in your mind. Repeat this
exercise two to three times whenever your eyes feel tired,
or as often as you want. While palming, you can either
rest your elbows on your desk or keep away from the desk
and cup your eyes. Both ways are fine.
Splash water on your face
During breaks, splash water on your face while closing
your eyes. This has an overall relaxing effect and helps
you feel refreshed.
Use tea bags
Keep two used tea bags in the refrigerator before you
leave for work. Once you are home, place the tea bags on
your eyes for a few minutes as you relax. This not only
soothes tired eyes, but also reduces puffiness.
Incorporate Vitamins A, C, and E on a daily basis; eat
citrus fruits, green leafy veggies, tomatoes, spinach,
poultry and dairy products. Pack a box of chopped carrots,
cucumber and fresh fruits and munch in-between meals at
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