5 Tips to Relieve Computer Eye Strain

Created By : 27-May-2014 Write By: admin Published In: Eye care Hits: 805 Comment: 0

With so many professions being computer dependent, it’s nearly impossible for most folks to decrease the time they spend staring at a screen. So, what can you do to protect your vision?

1. Proper lighting: Whether reading a book or an illuminated digital screen, a desk lamp aimed at your workspace helps minimize eye strain.

2. Proper positioning: Setting your computer in a position so that you are looking downward several inches tends to be the most comfortable for the eyes. Also, try to minimize the amount of glare and reflections from lights or windows picked up by your screen.

3. Blink: It’s easy to get so caught up in what’s on our monitors that we stare excessively and forget to blink normally. Yet, the tears that wash over our eyes when blinking help prevent irritation and drying. So, try to be aware of whether or not you’re blinking and blink frequently.

4. Take regular breaks: If possible take a break from the screen every 20-30 minutes, looking at something more distant for half a minute or so. This shift in focus engages other eye muscles and gives the ones focusing on your monitor some time to relax.

5. Eye exercises: There are a number of exercises you can do to strengthen your eye muscles, including making figure eights with your eyes while keeping your head straight. Another exercise that requires you to alternate the focus of your eyes (thus engaging different muscles) is a little trickier: Point your index fingers toward each other, about an inch apart. Hold them about eight inches away from your eyes at eye level. Look over your fingers at a distant object while still visually being aware of your fingers. If you’re doing it right, you will see a little “hot dog” floating between your two fingers (can take a few tries to get it.) Refocus your eyes on your fingers. Repeat several times.

5 Tips to Protect Your Eyes This Summer

Created By : 27-May-2014 Write By: admin Published In: Eye care Hits: 670 Comment: 0

As the weather warms up, visions of sandy beaches, family picnics and outdoor adventures become reality, but with all that time outside, don't forget to keep your peepers protected from the serious dangers associated with UV rays. Just as we make the effort to protect our skin from sunburns, we should also make sure that our eyes are safeguarded as well so that we can maintain healthy vision for many summers to come.

Here are some ways to protect your eyes from sun damage this summer.

  1.  Know about ultraviolet radiation. There are three different ranges of ultraviolet radiation (UVA): UV-C, UV-B and UV-A. Most eye damage is a result from UV-B rays, which many researchers suspect may contribute to the development of cataracts and eye cancer. 
     
  2. Keep kids' eyes protected. It's estimated that we receive 80% of our lifetime exposure to ultraviolet rays before the age of 18. Children's eyes transmit more UV-A rays to the retina than adults', which increases their exposure and risk of eye damage later in life. 
     
  3. Sport your sunglasses. Wear sunglasses that transmit no more than 1% of UV-B and UV-A. The lenses should be dark and large enough to cover your entire eye to prevent sunlight from getting in through the sides of the sunglasses. 
     
  4. Add more protection with contact lenses. If you're one of the approximately 36 million Americans who wear contact lenses, you might already be protecting your eyes. Some contacts provide ultraviolet ray protection, but beware that protection levels vary. Class one UV-blockers provide the largest amount of protection. 
     

Wear a hat. Wide brimmed hats shade your eyes from the sun's rays

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