Employee Health & Wellness: Eye Health
With the average American spending more than seven hours a day in front of a screen, many people are putting their eye health at risk. Computer vision syndrome, or digital eye strain is a group of eye discomfort and vision issues that may be linked to prolonged digital screen use. According to United Health Care, nearly 60% of American adults experience symptoms of digital eye strain including red and dry eyes, double or blurred vision, headaches, neck and shoulder pain. It is essential to be mindful of screen use and protect your eyes as much as possible to prolong the health of your eyes.
To help protect your eyes while working, try using blue light glasses. Blue light glasses are designed to filter out the blue-violet light that is emitted from digital screens, the sun and other sources of light. Blue light lenses can be added to prescription glasses or bought over the counter at a convenience or retail store.
Experts also suggest following the 20-20-20 rule. This involves taking a 20-second break and looking at something that is 20 feet away every 20 minutes. This will assist in taking care of the surface of your eyes.
It is important to maintain a healthy diet with nutrients such as zinc, omega-3, and fatty acids in protein such as salmon, tuna, and eggs, which are great for helping sustain eye health. It is also important to schedule annual eye exams and address any concerns you may have with your doctor.
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