Cleveland eye health matters at Corrective Eye Center. March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month and Save Your Vision Month. Here are some tips and tricks to keeping your eyes safe while on the job. When it comes to keeping your eyes safe in the workplace, most office employees don’t think it’s a relevant topic. There is a lot of literature out there that speaks to the importance of protecting your eyes when your day-to-day activities require working with toxic chemicals or under hazardous conditions. The truth is—Sitting in front of a computer screen all day long can have damaging effects on your eyes as well.
The 20-20-20 Rule
For Every 20 Minutes you Look at Your Computer Screen, Take a 20-Second Break to Look at Something that is 20 Feet Away.
Eye problems and vision complaints are the most common health-related issues reported among workplace computer users—Blurred vision, eyestrain and dry-eye are especially problematic. Incorporate the 20-20-20 Rule into your daily computer-use routine to help combat the effects of these irritating symptoms.
Healthy Vision at Your Workstation
Regardless of where you work or what you do, prevention is the key to ensuring that your eyes stay healthy all year long. Be sure to schedule an annual eye exam, and tell your doctor about the amount of computer screen-time your eyes receive on a given day.
In addition to scheduling a comprehensive eye examination, there are a number things that you can do to organize your workstation so that eye discomfort can be minimalized:
- Sit at your desk with your feet flat on the floor, and keep your knees bent at 90 degrees.
- Sit up straight while seated at your desk, and keep your spine up against the back of the chair.
- Center your monitor, and position it 20-26-inches away from your eyes, keeping the top of the monitor slightly below horizontal eye level.
- Center your keyboard, and adjust the tilt angle so that your wrists are aligned correctly.
Helpful Tips to Reduce the Effects of Computer Vision Syndrome and Better Cleveland Eye Health
The American Optometric Association defines Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) as a group of vision-related problems that result from prolonged computer use. All of these factors play a contributing role in reducing and preventing workplace-related CVS:
- Screen Resolution: The higher your screen resolution, the better your eyes will feel.
- Screen Brightness & Contrast: Be sure to adjust both brightness and contrast levels to achieve the best clarity for your eyes.
- Reflections and Screen Glare: Adjust your computer monitor away from reflected images, reduce glare by removing bright light sources from your peripheral vision.
- Glasses and Contact Lens Prescriptions: Typically, computer screens sit further away and higher up than other reading materials (i.e. books and magazines), so it is important that prescription eyewear is adjusted to compensate for the different distance.
- Breaks from Computer Tasks: Take some time out to rest your eyes when using the computer for prolonged periods. Look away from time-to-time and blink often.
Another important measure to take for Cleveland eye health is annual eye exams with your ophthalmologist. To schedule your eye exam contact us for an appointment with one of our eye doctors at any of our four eye clinics in the Greater Cleveland area at 216-574-8900 or request an appointment on our website.