3 ways to Improve your eye health in the workplace
March is National Workplace Eye Wellness Month. This is a special time to reflect on the ways that we can protect our eyes in the workplace and maintain our vision. When we think of eye safety in the workplace, you might think of construction workers wearing thick protective eye glasses, but even if your job doesn’t involve physical labor, workplace eye safety is still a high priority. These days, working in front of a computer screen all day is a threat to your eye health and needs to be taken seriously. In this article we’re going to present several ways you can protect your eyes in the workplace this month and year round.
Follow the 20-20-20 rule
Spending long hours looking at a computer screen can cause an effect known as “Digital Eye Strain”. Digital eye strain is the result of a decreased blink rate caused by the artificial illumination in digital screens. When we look at digital screens our blink rate can decrease significantly, causing our eyes to become tired and dry. To reduce the impact of digital eye strain, use the 20-20-20 rule! Every 20 minutes, look away from your computer for 20 seconds, and focus your eyes on an object 20 or more feet away. This allows your eyes to relax and recover.
Adjust your computer’s screen height and distance
Eye professionals recommend that you keep your computer screen roughly 30 inches from your eyes. Professionals also recommend that you position your screen just below the center of your vision, so that you eyes are cast slightly downward. This allows your eyelids to rest partially closed while you look at your screen and reduces the amount of exposed ocular surface area.
Establish an eye hydration routine
If your eyes are still dry and tired at the end of a long workday, it’s time to establish a healthy eye hydration routine. The Thermalon Dry Eye Compress will naturally rehydrate eyes with the power of moist heat therapy. Simply microwave the moist heat eye compress and apply for easy, instant relief from the symptoms of dry eye disease and digital eye strain. The Thermalon Dry Eye Compress stimulates the natural production of lipid oils on the ocular surface that help maintain and stabilize your tear film layer.
With these eye health tips you can protect your vision in the workplace this month and year round!