The office works has fully transferred from paper to the screen nowadays because people are now constantly using a computer. There is a huge difference between today’s work methods and those before the computer age when there was less strain on the eyes. Working on the computer for long hours truly causes eye strain that can lead to eye problems if not prevented.
The typical work routine is similar to this example :
- Breakfast at 6:00 to 6:30 a.m. with checking emails or working from a smart phone or tablet.
- Travel to work at 7 to 7:30 a.m. by car/ bus/ train with checking and replying to emails by smart phone.
- Sit down to work at 8 to 9:00 a.m. in front of PC screen until 6:00 p.m.
- Relaxing From 7 to 7:30 p.m. with Facebook, LinkedIn, twitter, etc. or online shopping
- 10 to 11:00 p.m. reading on the Kindle from bed
From this routine, we can see that people are in front of the digital screen most of the time. So, the eyes get stressed and become strained. How can you reduce eye strain and continuing doing all of these tasks? You will have to balance your computer work with some of the following ways to eliminate bad habits that lead to eye strain.
- Worst Work Habits
These are the worst work habits for eye strain:
- Lunch at Your Desk
Because you have to handle email all day, you probably don’t get any free time during office hours. Every hour you need to be connected to the Internet. So you may tend to take lunch at your own desk and continue to look at the PC screen. This is very bad for your back, neck and especially for your eyes. You can’t change your work, but you can change your extra habits. You should rest your eyes during lunch time at least.
- High Contrast and Bright Screen
The latest PC screens are brighter and more colorful than the previous. Is this really good for your eyes? High brightness is good for temporary entertainment, like watching a movie, but not so much when you are continuously working because the high brightness will cause eye strain.
- Use of Internet During Breaks
During company break times, most people visit social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or chat on Skype, Viber, and other media. This is a bad habit. When you take a break from work, you really need to rest your eyes and brain also.
- Best Habits For Work
The following best habits can keep your eyes free from strain. These are easy to do, and if you remember them regularly, you will see improvements in the way your eyes feel:
- Use 20-20-20 Rule
Take a very short break from your work every 20 minutes, look away for 20 seconds and blink your eyes 320 times. You can set an alarm on your phone every 20 minutes. It may seem annoying to you at first, but once you make a habit of it, it will start to help.
- Turning Down the Heat
Cool down the air conditioner along with the brightness and contrast of your PC screens. Choose the screens with low blue lights; this will do a lot to prevent eye discomfort.
- Blue-Blocking Glasses
Blue light has a shorter wavelength and is able to penetrate your eyes. Ultra-violate rays and visible blue light rays cause eye strain. But all blue lights are not bad. Glasses with blue-blocking filters are able to filter all harmful visible blue and UV rays. These are also beneficial for kids who use digital devices.
You can eliminate the worst working habits during your work day and replace them with habits that help get rid of eye strain problems. The eyes are a very sensitive part of the body, so everybody should take better care of them.