Did you know that spending long hours at your computer can put your health at serious risk?
Most people does not even consider that possibility, but t does, Working at a desk is extremely hard on your body, and I would like to share this with you so maybe you can avoid some of the most common health risks.
One of the most common one is: eye strain.
SAVE YOUR EYES FROM EYE STRAIN
Visual problems like eyes strain may result from overusing the muscles of your eyes. If not careful, eye strain will occur in any eye muscle held in one position for a long period of time. These eye straining activities are as follows: reading, watching television, or staring at the computer.
People with occupations that require lots of staring such as dressmaking, designers, or computer engineers are prone to developing eye strain. Even people who do a lot of reading is prone to developing eye strain like medical students, lawyers, scientists, and researchers. The muscles of your inner eye tightens and irritates your eyes, making you feel very uncomfortable, resulting to eye strain. A five-minute break from time to time is very good to your eyes.
Eye strain may be caused by improper lighting, excessive glaring at the computer screen, bad position of the computer screen, or difficulty reading copy material. Eye strain may present with the following symptoms: pain and burning in and behind the eyes. There may also be headache and eye fatigue. Blurred vision, dry eyes, itching eyes, and burning eyes. It is important to consult a qualified eye doctor at once when you experience such symptoms to prevent possible damage and to learn eye exercises that you can do.
In people over 40 years old, eye strain is usually a sign that they need to get prescription glasses. So it is important to have your eye refracted and see if its what is causing the problem. They may also have chronically dry eyes, and the eye strain may also just be tiredness from overuse of the eyes. To solve this uncomfortable eye strain problem, simply close your eyes for a few minutes – it will help refocus your eyes. Blinking also helps because it gives moisture to the eyes. Artificial tears also help since strain can lead to eye dryness and re-moistening your eyes – either artificial tears or by blinking – is a great way to ease your tight eye muscles.
It is important that people wear eyeglasses that correctly fit because wearing the wrong kind of glasses will just contribute more to the eye strain. It is also possible that wearing these ill-fitting eyeglasses will predispose the individual to develop eye strain.
If you suspect that your eye strain is due to too much staring at the computer monitor, then you may adjust the contrast of your monitor to high. Also try to reposition your screen to avoid glare. When outdoors, do not be caught dead without sunglasses. Squinting due to the sun tightens the eye muscles, so remember to bring nice pair of sunglasses all year round. A big hat also protects you from the harmful rays of the sun, as well as baseball caps which, along with sunglasses, are cool and stylish and protects you fro eye strain.
You may try to arrange your work station so the lighting will not hurt your eyes. Vision breaks are also recommended, so is changing your eye focus once in a while to relax the eye muscles. Eye exercises such as rolling the eyes and tightly close the eye will greatly relieve you with your eye strain. Making sure that the computer screens are clean and streak-free.
A good exercise for relieving eye strain is to lie down, close the eyes, and put a cold compress over your eyes and let it for about ten minutes. People who suffer from eye strain should get enough sleep every night to lessen the symptom.
Dietary supplements help in the reduction of eye strain. Vitamin A is good for all eye disorders. Intra-ocular cellular metabolism is improved by taking in vitamin V complex. Eye fatigue is greatly reduced by taking in Riboflavin.
If the condition persists, then you should see your eye doctor to help you with your eyes’ sensitivity to light. Consult an expert before any permanent damage will occur. It might also be an acute glaucoma attack. Anyone who has eye straining occupations should undergo annual exams. People more than 40 years should get more frequent check-ups.
Perform such eye strain exercises and save your eyes.
There are other risks as you sit in front of that computer but it would be to much to write about in this article, so if you would like to learn more about other risks such as:
RSI (Repetitive Stress Syndrome)
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Constant Head Aches
You can learn all about this in the book: “The Painless PC”