In today's fast-paced society, eye care is often the least of all health concerns of adults, especially working adults. However, to be actively engaged with life and work productively, one needs to have healthy vision as well.
One of the most common eye problems experienced by adults today is failing vision. This may be due to eye strain caused by eye fatigue, dry eyes, bad lighting, and sitting posture. In fact, long hours spent working in front of computers is often a main factor contributing to eye strain.
What are some signs of eyestrain related to computer use?
You may experience the following signs of eye strain after working for extended hours in front of the computer:
Difficulty in focusing
Dry and/or irritated eyes
After-images when looking away from the screen
Sensitivity to lighting
What can be done to ease eyestrain related to computer use?
Blink your eyes often
Close your eyes frequently, or look far into the distance every 15-20 minutes to relax them
Sit at least 50 cm away from the screen. The centre of your screen should be 10-15cm below your natural eye level
Keep your screen free of dust to minimise visual interference
Select a font size of 12 points or above
Create an eye-friendly environment around your computer screen by
placing the documents you are working on at the same level as the screen to avoid having to re-focus your vision
eliminating reflections on your computer screen
Apart from failing vision, other eye problems that may be encountered by adults include:
If you experience any of these problems, do consult an eye care professional.
Myopia can be corrected with the use of spectacles or contact lenses. Alternatively, it can be rectified through a surgical procedure called LASIK.
So, give your eyes the best care they deserve to ensure that they serve you well throughout your lifetime. Consult an eye care professional immediately if you begin to experience eye problems. Early detection and treatment are your best safeguards against failing sight and vision loss.