5 Tips to Reduce Computer Eye Strain

Reduce the Strain on your Eyes

Computers play an important part of our lives.  We use them for work and recreation, and it is estimated we spend around nine hours a day in front of a television or computer screen.  Eye strain is beginning to be a major job related complaint, and as such we need some methods to reduce the pressure on our eyes.

A sensible approach to using computers can provide comfort for your eyesight
A sensible approach to using computers can provide comfort for your eyesight

Although there is no evidence of lasting damage, they can cause headaches, fatigue, and impact on our productivity in every aspect of our lives.  Also, if we are tired or suffering pain we are more likely to have a serious accident.

So, what can we do to reduce computer induced eye strain?

Regular Breaks

It is believed that by taking a break of around ten minutes every hour will rest your eyes sufficiently.  From a work perspective, this will keep you fresher and subsequently more productive than slogging through hour after hour with no break.

Room Lighting

Room lighting is important and the Health and Safety Executive has published guidelines on how to adjust room lighting to keep screen glare to a minimum.  Consider the positioning of desk in relation to outside light.

Antiglare Screens

Antiglare screens are available and it is a good idea to fit one to take the edge of the computer screen problem.  If you can read documents on paper rather than your computer screen do so.

Adjust the Screen

As well as adjusting exterior lighting and fitting antiglare screens, why not adjust your monitor settings to make them easier on the eye.  You can control the brightness, contrast, and the colour scheme.  Surprisingly, this can make a difference.

Regular Eye Examinations

As well as implementing the above measures, undergoing regular eye exams will tell you if you require spectacles or contact lenses to see properly.  If you are looking at a screen day in day out and you are peering at the screen because you are not seeing at 20/20, then you put your eyes under more strain which in turn leads to more problems.

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When to Schedule your Next Eye Test for you and your Child

Check our tables to see when you and your children should be having an eye test

Although often neglected, we should be having routine eye checks the same way we have dental checks.  From our tables you can not only see when you and your child should be having eye tests, but why you should be scheduling regular eye checks throughout your life.  See the tables below:

A Child’s Eye Test Frequency

Age Schedule an eye test at; Why?
6 Months to Four At six months oldBetween the ages of two and threeBefore Nursery School

 

It is believed that around 80% of what children learn in this age range is through their eyes.  Should your child have a problem here and it goes undetected, their cognitive, emotional, physical, and neurological development can be impaired as the information they receive from experiences will be limited[1].Early detection is key to resolving eyesight issues.
Five to Adult One per year.  It is a good idea to schedule eye tests before the start of school years to give them the best possible start. The sad reality is that many children start their education with some form of vision problem.  As we highlighted in a report we gave to the BBC[2], many children have reading problems that could be solved by having an eye test and proper treatment.Ensure your child has yearly check-ups.

 

Adults

Age/Condition Eye test frequency Why?
16 + One per year Having a regular eye examination is just as important in our adult life as it is in our childhood.  Even if you feel your vision is good it is still a good idea.  A range of diseases are detectable via an eye test and using devices such as computers and mobile devices do your eyes no favours.Schedule annual check-ups and ensure your eye health, and indeed the rest of you is in good shape.
Elderly One per year Age degeneration is sadly inescapable, and our eyesight is no different[3].  As we get older, we are more likely to contract glaucoma, macular degeneration, and cataracts.  Early detection is key to treating a lot of these issues.  Other illnesses such as diabetes can also be detected.
Diabetes Sufferers One per year Diabetes is a leading cause of blindness in the UK.  Last year figures were released which showed 3.2 million people were affected by diabetes in the UK[4].  An annual eye exam can be all it takes to prevent most causes of blindness.  As with most health issues early detection is key.
Contact Lens Wearers One per year As a contact lens wearer it is important that your prescription is kept up to date so your medical devices function as well as they can. Schedule an appointment today, if it has been longer than a year since your last appointment, or if you feel your contact lenses are losing effectiveness

 

According to a survey carried out by the College of Optometrists showed that nearly 1 in 10 of us had not had an eye test in the last ten years, and yet it also showed that we have very little knowledge about conditions such as AMD, and glaucoma.[5]

If you have not yet made an appointment, schedule your eye appointment today.  Click here

Sources

[1] http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Hearing-and-vision-tests-for-children/Pages/Why-it-is-necessary.aspx

[2] http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/8107487.stm

[3] http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/over60s/Pages/eyehealth.aspx

[4] http://www.diabetes.org.uk/About_us/News_Landing_Page/Number-of-people-diagnosed-with-diabetes-increases-to-32-million/

[5] http://www.college-optometrists.org/en/utilities/document-summary.cfm/docid/A60DE8E4-B6CF-49ED-8E0FE694FCF4B426

Reduce Risks to your Eyesight in Everyday Life

Eye related Accidents can have Frightening Consequences

An accident involving your eyesight can leave lasting and unpleasant consequences.  We rely on our vision for everything we do.  What would you do if your vision was altered, or you lost vision in one or both eyes?  With this in mind let us take a look at what we can do to lessen the risks to our vision.

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Protecting your eyesight while working is essential. Do not skimp on safety precautions

 

Work in an Office?

Although office work is arguably the safest work you can do it still carries risks to your eyes via computers.  Computers cause eye strain and eye strain can cause headaches and discomfort.

So with this in mind take frequent breaks to protect your eyes from glare.  Ensure lighting is configured in accordance with health and safety guidelines.  You should have regular display screen equipment checks at work to ensure these problems are minimised.

Always wear visual aids such as glasses if you need them when using computers.  It is a good idea to speak to an optometrist if you feel you have a problem with using computers and other digital devices.  Often, you will have a pair of glasses solely for using a computer.

Working in an Industrial Capacity

Take Precautions against Chemicals

Workplaces that have a sizeable amount of dust or particles in the air, or if you work with equipment that presses or grinds, then you are more likely to have an accident that can damage your vision.  To that end ensure:

  • You wear the correct eye protection that your employer has deemed appropriate
  • For welding, always use a welding mask to protect your eyes from the ultraviolet glare
  • Handle all chemicals with care, adhering to your employer and manufacturer guidelines
  • Ensure people in the immediate area have the same level of protection as you

Leisure Activities

You do not have to be in a work environment to put your eye site at risk. To that end take the following precautions when you undertake the following:

DIY and Gardening

Ensure your tools and equipment are in good condition and clean them well after use.  Rust, chemicals, and on certain tools animal faeces may contaminate them.  This can cause problems if it gets into your eyes.

  • Make sure you follow manufacturer’s instructions for all the tools you use, especially on equipment that saws, grinds, presses, and cuts
  • Check your lawn for debris before cutting, as flying stones in the face are no fun
  • Ensure you point aerosols away from your face
  • When the task demands it, wear eye protection and other protective clothing as appropriate

Sport

Sport is good for you and highly enjoyable.  If you wear glasses, or play fast moving and contact sports, it could be advisable to wear some kind of eye protection, or replace your specs for contact lenses.

Racquet spots in particular are an area to consider wearing eye protection.  A fast moving ball in the eye hurts, and the damage could be more permanent.  England Squash has recently published guidelines for eye protection for playing the sport.  Golf is another area where some kind of precaution should be taken.

Rugby, football, martial arts, or boxing are classic examples where replacing glasses for contact lenses could pay dividends.  Contact your optometrist for advice.

And finally don’t forget to schedule your eye test. Click here.

 

 

Find Out About Disposable Contact Lenses

Disposable contact lenses are the most common form of contact lenses in the UK.  The idea is that you wear them for the stated amount of time and then throw them away.   One of the reasons for their popularity is that they have strong health benefits and are very convenient to use.

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Disposable contact lenses carry fewer health risks compared to other types of lenses

Categories and Time Spans of Contact Lenses

Contact lenses normally fall into three categories, each with their own longevity;

  • Disposable Lenses: Typically they are worn on a daily basis and then replaced
  • Frequent Replacement Lenses: These lenses are replaced monthly or every three months. They last longer than disposable lenses and as such require more care.
  • Traditional (reusable Lenses): These lenses tend to last for a minimum of six months.

Know your Schedules

An aspect which often causes confusion is the difference between replacement schedules and wearing schedules.

  • A replacement schedule is when the contact lenses have to be thrown away and new ones bought.
  • A wearing schedule is how long you wear your lenses before removing them. Some lenses will only be worn for a day (daily wear), others a few days (extended wear).  It all depends on the particular requirements of your contact lenses.

Why Lenses Have to be Replaced

As we wear contact lenses, small deposits of protein, calcium, and lipids form on our eyes.  As the build up increases so does the discomfort and risk of infection. Cleaning is also not a 100% effective as the build up is still there at least in part.

Advantages of Daily Disposable Contact Lenses

This is where daily disposable contact lenses come into their own.  As they are thrown away on a daily basis, so are very rarely any harmful build-ups.  The popularity for disposable contact lenses has grown significantly for this reason, and as such the price of this type of contact lens has reduced.  New materials have come on to the market as well.

Health care professional favour disposable lenses as there is no minimal contaminant build up and no cleaning is required.

Disposable Lens Cost vs. Extended Wear Lens Cost

Although disposable lenses may work out more expensive than their extended wear equivalent, you do save money in other areas as no cleaning solution is required, and you run less risk of damaging your eye.  You can also save money by buying disposable lenses in bulk.

Schedule an Appointment

Selecting the best contact lenses for your eyes is only possible with a contact lens examination and under advice of an eyecare specialist.  Different people produce different quantities of proteins and lipids, and as such they may be able to wear contact lenses for longer without discomfort.

In all instances the best approach is to schedule a contact lens assessment .  We can then work through the options together.  Click here.