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How to Protect Your Eyes in the Digital Age

Don't Crack Under the Strain HOW TO PROTECT YOUR EYES IN THE DIGITAL AGE There are more than 10 million visits to eye doctors every тOZ L PED year for computer vision syndrome (CVS). PECFD EDFCZP 50 to 90% Nearly 8 out of 10 Americans who suffer from digital eye strain use 2 or more devices simultaneously. of computer users suffer from visual symptoms of CVS. 65% of Americans experience digital eye strain symptoms such as: Dry, irritated eyes Blurred vision Eye fatigue Neck and back pain Headaches 96% of Americans who Adults under experience digital eye strain spend 2 or more hours each day using devices. 30 experience the highest rates of digital eye strain symptoms compared with other age groups. 67% of people in their 30s spend 5 or more hours each day on digital devices. 70% of Without proper vision correction, worker productivity can decrease by as much as 20%. women report experiencing symptoms of digital eye strain and are more likely than men to use multiple devices at the same time. The Risks and Repercussions of COMPUTER USE ON YOUR EYES Nearly every digital device has light-emitting diodes (LED) that radiate blue wavelength light. Research suggests long-term continued exposure to the light emitted from backlit displays can cause slow degeneration of the retina, which could accelerate long-term vision problems such as: Cataracts Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) The human eye is not designed Long-term computer use reduces to look at a screen for the number of natural breaks prolonged periods of time. for an office worker's eyes. THE MAIN RISK FACTORS FOR DEVELOPING COMPUTER-RELATED VISION PROBLEMS INCLUDE: ABCDEF ABCRE DEF Viewing images or characters which Viewing unclear or flickering images Using a screen that is glary or reflects other images Sitting too close or too far are too small from a screen Working with background lighting that's too bright Looking at a computer screen for long periods of time, especially without breaks Working in a stressful environment One study showed that individuals who used a computer between 4 and 8 hours per day over a 5-year span were 1.14 times more likely to develop open-angle glaucoma than people who used computers for less than 4 hours a day. How You Can Help Prevent EYE HEALTH PROBLEMS PROVIDE EMPLOYEE TRAINING PROPERLY ARRANGE YOUR WORK STATION Allow for Set the screen regular eye breaks. 18 to 30 inches 18 to 30" from your eyes. TAKE MEASURES TO REDUCE GLARE AND REFLECTION Try not to place a screen directly below a light source Control natural light from windows by using curtains or blinds Screens should never be placed directly in front of or behind a window Use anti-glare screen filters CHANGE THE LIGHTING • Brightness should be between 200 and 500 lux, bright enough to reduce eye strain when reading, but not too bright causing glare and reflection. • Replace flickering lights from old or malfunctioning fluorescent tubes. PREVENT DRY EYES • Lower the position of the monitor so more of the eye surface is covered by the eyelid. • Use artificial tears when eyes feel dry. • Make an effort to blink more. • Contact lenses increase the severity of dry-eye syndrome symptoms. TAKE BREAKS • Optometrists suggest computer users abide by the 20/20/20 rule: • After 20 minutes of computer use, look at something 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. • Take more substantial breaks. • At least one 15-minute break after 2 hours of computer use. DO EYE EXERCISES PALMING: STEP 1: While seated, brace elbows on your desk, close to the edge. STEP 2: Let weight fall forward with hands cupped over your eyes. STEP 3: Close your eyes and inhale slowly through the nose (hold for roughly 4 seconds). STEP 4: Continue deep breathing for 15 to 30 seconds. EYE ROLLS: STEP 1: Close eyes. STEP 2: Slowly and gently move eyes up to the ceiling then down to the floor. STEP 3: Repeat 3 times. STEP 4: Slowly and gently move eyes to the left then to the right. STEP 5: Repeat 3 times. FOCUS CHANGE: STEP 1: Hold one finger a few inches away from one eye. STEP 2: Focus on the finger while slowly moving it away. STEP 3: Focus far into the distance and then back to the finger. STEP 4: Slowly bring the finger back to within a few inches of the eye. STEP 5: Focus on something more than 8 feet away. STEP 6: Repeat 3 times. SCHEDULE A YEARLY VISION TEST FP 2 • Regular computer users should take an annual vision test. тох з LPED • An eye professional can discuss preventive strategies and identify eye problems early. PECFD EDFCZP Many of us rely on computers to get our work done. But hours and hours in front of a screen can wreak havoc on our eyes. Take time to pay attention to your eye health to prevent discomfort and more serious problems down the road. • • • • Designed by Ghergich & Co. A small part of your job is 100% of ours.

How to Protect Your Eyes in the Digital Age

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Did you know that there are more than 10 million visits to eye doctors every year for computer vision syndrome (CVS)? Some symptoms of CVS include dry, irritated eyes, blurred vision, neck and back pa...




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