Is the calmness and serenity of your office space being invaded by an invisible strain? Are those documents and spreadsheets starting to go fuzzy or veer from side to side? The likelihood is you are beginning to suffer from eyestrain and need to think of ways to get back to your old self.
Look out for the Signs
There are plenty of warning signs that your body tries to alert you with. Recognising them is the first part of the remedy to getting back to full fitness. So if you find yourself suffering from dry eyes, twitching eyelids, dizzy spells, headaches, fatigue and neck or back pain, then it is likely your eyestrain could be the root cause of this issue.
Don’t rush to your doctors yet though! There are several ways to overcome eyestrain right there in your office, so you can get over it sooner and concentrate on your job at hand. So without further ado, here are 5 handy tips that we recommend to implement daily.
1. Position of the monitor
- This actually has a pretty hefty impact on the amount your eyes strain through the day. Ideally, it should be between ten and fifteen degrees below your eye level and you shouldn’t be any closer than twenty inches from the monitor. Conversely, you shouldn’t be any further than around twenty-eight inches away, or else that eyestrain will come back to haunt you.
2. Eye exercises
- It’s not just our biceps and triceps that need working out. Our eyes have lots of muscles that move them around and it’s a great idea to limber them up and not let them get inactive and tired. So spend a few seconds at a time looking up, down and side to side and also increase the amount of times you blink. Being more conscious of your blink rate is important, because we blink less when sat in front of a computer, leading to eye muscle tiredness. Doing these exercises means you can spend more time focusing on your work and not rubbing your eyes.
- The lights above you should not be too bright, or else your monitor won’t be fully optimised and your eyes will begin to subtly strain. Try dimming the ceiling lights or alternatively, use a smaller lamp alongside your work space to achieve maximum efficiency.
4. Have a break
- Like so many things, we sometimes just need to take a short rest. Our eyes need it too, so at the right moments, take a quick break at work and give them the odd 5 minutes off. You’ll benefit in the long run and be able to bring more concentration to projects
5. Get checked out!
- If your symptoms don’t go away or you’re worried, then see an optician. Hopefully, by combining these tips, your eyestrain should start to settle down and so too, will those banging headaches.
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