10 Tips To Relieve Eye Strain At Work

Tips To Relieve Eye Strain At Work

Often when we think of eye strain as associated with the workplace, we may imagine people who are stuck behind a desk all day, but anyone can suffer from this dilemma regardless of their job. Especially in today’s technologically drenched society where practically everyone seems to have a screen with them during their work day, use of these devices often leads to eye strain.

Take a look at these ten tips for relieving and reducing eye strain at the workplace:

#1 Take More Breaks

One of the first solutions to this dilemma is to take more breaks throughout the day, but that usually doesn’t sit with management too well. But research shows stepping away from your work more often actually helps to increase productivity, make employees more creative and is a better boost than caffeine.

#2 Move Around

When you’re taking that break, don’t just go sit around someplace, especially if you’re a desk jockey. Moving around and being active increases blood flow and can help reduce eye strain. Unless you’re suffering from something like glaucoma, an increase of pressure in the eyes, this will help more than just your eyes.

#3 Take Vitamins

Eating well-balanced meals and taking vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin B complex and zinc, contribute to better overall vision and reduce the risk of eye strain.

#4 Massage

Watch this short video on how some simple eye massage techniques can take the pressure of your eyes and help to reduce strain.

#5 The 20-20-20 Rule

For computer users, every twenty minutes, look at something at least twenty feet in the distance for at least twenty seconds. This helps your eyes to refocus and relieves strain.

#6 Adjust Your Lighting

Back in the day, flourescent lighting found in many offices and work environments were often to blame for headaches and eye strain. Use incandescent bulbs or direct lighting onto your workplace whenever possible.

#7 Blink More

Even though it’s considered an involuntary action, when working sometimes people don’t blink as often as they normally do because they’re concentrating. Try to make a conscious effort to blink more frequently when working.

#8 Adjust Your Workplace

Whether you’re moving your computer screen to a better position for your line of sight or adjusting your chair for better vision, be sure your workplace is efficient for proper eyesight.

#9 Get Rid of the Glare

Rid of the Glare
Glare doesn’t always come from the surfaces of electronic screens, it can also be reflected off surfaces. Reduce glare in your workplace and if you work outdoors, invest in a pair of good, high-quality sunglasses. Use polarized lenses if you work around snow or water.

#10 Get Them Checked

People who suffer from persistent headaches and eye strain may have an undiagnosed vision problem. It’s recommended that people who don’t wear corrective lenses get their eyes checked every two years, but most people seem to ignore this rule. The results of a comprehensive eye examination could lead to better vision if there’s a problem detected, diagnosed and then treated.

Keep your eyes “in check” and use these tips to help keep them healthy and free from stress and strain. Vision is arguably one of the most valuable of our five senses, so do everything you can to keep them in tip-top shape.


Author: Mark Kirkpatrick

Mark Kirkpatrick is a blogger and tech enthusiast in Los Angeles, California. He has found that productivity starts with healthy habits and hopes to help others achieve their goals through positive reinforcement. You can find him here: Mark Kirkpatrick

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