We’ve all been there — 3 p.m. rolls around, you’re sitting at work, the pixels start bleeding together and melting off the screen. The culprit is eye strain, a problem that affects two-thirds of Americans and 80% of children between the ages of 10-17.
What causes eye strain?
Our eyes naturally contract when looking at something, like a screen, book, or cellphone. If you don’t give your eyes enough time to relax, the muscles get tired and eye strain occurs.
Eye strain is also exacerbated by blue light, the type of LED light emitted by computer and phone screens. Unlike natural light, blue light has shorter wavelengths and is linked to problems like eye strain, macular degeneration, and cataracts. Blue light glasses help filter out blue light and reduce eye strain at work.
What are the symptoms of eye strain?
- Red, irritated eyes
- Eye watering
- Lack of focus and concentration
- Eyelid spasms
- Heavy eyelids or an inability to keep your eyes open
How do we combat this rising trend? Here are the best ways to reduce eye strain at work!