Simple and Effective Tips for Taking Care of Your Eyes in 2022

Did you know, an employee spends nearly 1,700 hours per year in front of a computer screen? Employees spent an average of 6.5 hours per day sitting in front of a computer or laptop.

Computers are a relatively new concept – for millions of people staring at a screen all day is the norm. However, if you look back to just a few decades ago, few of us would have spent the day staring at a bright screen. When you add our use of mobile phones and smartphones you realize that this screen exposure has an impact on our eyes. 

Technology is an integral part of economic activities and of our day-to-day activities. Many of us work an average of eight hours in front of a screen. Therefore, it is important to protect our eyes. Here are some simple but effective tips from JLR Eye Hospital to help you take care of your eyes.

How to take care of your eyes when you are working from home?

Turn down your lights

After a long day of working in front of a bright screen, you may experience some eye strain. This happens for a very simple reason: if there is not enough contrast between black and white, your eyes will have difficulty distinguishing between different elements on your screen and it will cause eye strain. The solution is simple: reduce the brightness of your screen and increase the contrast. You will immediately feel more comfortable, as the softer lighting will help relax your eyes.

Adjust the height of your monitor

Human eyes are naturally positioned to maintain a specific gaze line. If your computer screen is not in “normal” eye alignment, your eyes will have to work constantly to look in an unnatural direction. Optical experts suggest adjusting the height of your monitor. Position your computer screen at eye level. When seated, position your screen 2 to 5 cm below eye level. This will help reduce eye stress.

Rest your eyes

If you suffer from dry eye and eye strain from your continued use of digital devices, try adopting the following relaxation 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, spend 20 seconds looking at something in the distance (at least 20 feet away). Short but frequent breaks are better than a limited number of long breaks. If you don’t feel like taking a coffee break every hour, you can perform a very easy visual exercise while sitting at your desk. Simply look away from your screen and focus on a distant object to relax your eye muscles.

Keep your eyes hydrated

Lubricating your eyes with eye drops can help prevent feelings of discomfort associated with dry eyes. One of the reasons you might be suffering from dry eyes at work is your reduced blink rate. On average, a person blinks about 20 times per minute, but you only blink about 7 times per minute when spending long periods of time in front of a screen. Blinking helps the eye remove dust particles and spreads lubricating fluids over the surface of the eye to keep your eyes hydrated and healthy. Eye drops have the same function and therefore keep your eyes moist when your eye blink rate is at its lowest.

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Bonus tips to protect your eyes

Protect your eyes from the sun

Overexposure to the sun isn’t only terrible for your skin. UV beams can be similarly hurtful to your eyes. Solar radiation can reach your eyes even on an overcast day due to the reflective effects of sunlight. It is therefore important to keep your eyes under good protection as much as possible. But fear not, you don’t have to spend your entire summer indoors either – there are plenty of UV-filtered contact lenses., made to block UV rays harmful to your eyes. Wear them with a pair of sunglasses, not to mention your sunscreen with a good protection factor to avoid sunburn, and you will be ready for summer and it’s beautiful sunny days!

Wear contact lenses for sports

Do you want to take advantage of the warmer weather to go sports outdoors? What a good idea! But no one really wants to have to constantly put their glasses up on their nose or, worse yet, break them while rock climbing or playing soccer, for example.

Staying active is much easier if you swap your glasses for contact lenses. Between freedom of movement, enlarged visual field and increased safety, the advantages of lenses when you play sports are numerous, whatever the sport in question. They’re also easy to wear with a helmet and sunglasses while you cycle or even with your favorite cap when you go for your morning jog.

Don’t fall asleep with your lenses on

Who doesn’t like taking short naps in the summer? There is only one step between immersing yourself in a good book in the sun and letting yourself fall into the arms of Morpheus. But beware! While they may be necessary for reading, falling asleep with contact lenses on is not recommended as it can cause dry eyes and other eye problems.

If you have a bad habit of dozing off without removing your lenses first, then you will sadly know only too well how difficult it is to take them off when you wake up. But do not panic! You can undoubtedly rehydrate your focal points by tenderly squinting your eyes a few times or utilizing eye drops. You may likewise think that it is useful to delicately knead your eyelids and drink a glass of water to help rehydrate your focal points

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                                                            Author Bio

Name-  Animesh Rai

Bio- Animesh Rai is a postgraduate in health and hospital management from the Indian Institute of Health Management Research, currently working as a Deputy Administrator at the Association for the Prevention of Blindness, a non-profit society, operating 200-bedded JL Rohatgi Memorial Eye Hospital in Kanpur.