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Protecting Your Eyesight While Working at a Office - Carol Evenson - Blog

Protecting Your Eyesight While Working at a Office

As you get older and experience changes in your vision, you may notice other negative effects related to vision change such as headache or a feeling of fatigue localized around your eyes. These problems can be exacerbated by working in an office while working with a computer. Here are some of the most important steps that you can take to improve your eyesight and preserve your eyes’ health.

Don’t Go Without Corrective Lenses

If you’re going without glasses or contacts, you can be causing excessive strain on your eyes. While you can protect your eye health, it’s very difficult to change it for the better without lenses or surgery. Proper corrective lenses matching your current prescription are the single best way how to improve your eyesight.

Don’t Wear Your Contacts for Too Long

It’s important that you wear your contact lenses for their individual recommended period of use. While some can be worn for weeks, others are intended to be thrown away every day. Wearing the same lenses for too long can cause considerable irritation or even a bacterial infection.

If you’re a regular contacts wearer, it’s important to stay stocked up on contact lenses at all times. If you’re going on a trip somewhere, be sure to bring enough pairs of contacts so you won’t have to keep reusing the same pair. Order your contacts from an online retailer such as to purchase a large quantity of affordable disposable contacts so you won’t have to worry about losing track of your inventory and running out.  

Check Your Vision Annually

Once your vision starts to change, it will continue changing over time. Sometimes, a change or worsening in your vision will become obvious. In other instances, however, small changes will go unnoticed and will gradually get more pronounced. Your eyes will try to compensate by straining, possibly even causing you to squint or furrow your brow in order to see things far away or close up. The development of an astigmatism can cause you to experience particularly severe strain. Astigmatism is caused by a change in the shape of your eyes’ lens that makes your vision blurry from every distance. In addition to poor eyesight, a vision loss and astigmatism can cause pain in or around the eyes and headaches.

Vision change can go undetected, but it’s extremely important to address as early possible. Annual vision screenings are the only way to confirm that your prescription is current. At the same time that your optometrist checks your vision, he or she can dilate your eyes to examine the health of your optic nerve and retina. A simple test involving a puff of air can check your eyes to check for glaucoma, a condition of increased pressure within the eyeball, causing loss of sight.

Eat Foods that are Rich in Vitamin A

Vitamin A can protect your eyesight by strengthening your cornea, located on the outer surface of your eye. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, a deficiency in vitamin A can contribute to night blindness.

Taking a multivitamin with the recommended daily intake value of vitamin A or maintaining a diet rich in vitamin A will help you to maintain good eyesight. Carrots, spinach, broccoli, cantaloupe, mango, eggs, and salmon are examples of foods that provide a high concentration of Vitamin A.

Limit Your Screen Time

Overexposure to the blue light emitted by computer monitors can cause significant eye strain. There’s some evidence to suggest a correlation between blue light exposure and accelerated macular degeneration. Screen filters, yellow tinted lenses, and anti-reflective lenses can all help protect you from strain and damage caused by blue light. Nevertheless, it’s recommended that you take periodic breaks from looking at your screen or try to limit your screen time.

Limiting screen time at night can have the added benefit of helping you to sleep better. A recent study has shown that exposure to blue light in the nighttime can disturb your body’s natural circadian rhythm. It’s recommended that you avoid looking at bright screens beginning two to three hours before bed.



Publish Date: August 1, 2020 12:58 AM

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