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How to protect your eyes at work

With more and more time spent looking at screens, it is vital that we do more to keep our eyes safe in the place we spend most of our time – the workplace.

Almost all occupations expose you to the risk of vision damage. The Vision Council reports that for most employees in the corporate workplace, their heightened exposure to blue light is a common hazard.

Strikingly, more than 60 percent of people spend over six hours of their day in front of electronic devices that use LED back-light technology. These devices include digital screens (mobile phones, computers, flat-screen televisions, and tablets), fluorescent LED lighting, and electronic devices.

This is not to say that blue light lacks benefits completely. Research reports that it does in fact aid with elevating mood and boosting alertness. However, prolonged exposure to such light can cause digital eyestrain syndrome (the most common computer-related complaint among workers) and retinal damage - the most dangerous. 

The importance of eye care for employees cannot be underestimated, and is something that the responsibility for, falls on to both employers and employees. Jim Lythgow - Director of Strategic Alliances at Specsaver Corportate Eyecare explains that "eye care is now being understood as both physically effective and cost effective, making it highly valued: 34% of employers said it is a highly-valued benefit. It is clear that the message is being understood by employers and HR professionals, the important thing now is to ensure that this message is effectively communicated to their employees as well".

To start with, here are a few simple tips that can be given to employees to help maintain eye-safety in the workplace:

  • Use an anti-glare overlay for your computer screen.
  • Adjust your computer screen at a right-angle, away from a direct source of light.
  • Do not stare at your screen for a long time; take short breaks away from your screen every 20 minutes.
  • Over-the-counter drops may be necessary in some cases, to prevent the eyes from becoming dry.
  • Be sure to visit the opticians for regular comprehensive eye examinations at least once a year.

It's worth mentioning further that an eye examination can also help with minor ailments like headaches, migraines and dry or tired eyes. Whilst these conditions are not on the same scale as diabetes and heart disease, they nonetheless have an effect on wellbeing, along with the productivity and morale of employees.

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