Due to increases in workloads and high stress levels, a lot of people suffer from eyestrains. Eyestrain can be triggered by a variety of reasons. It could be due to stress, fatigue, faulty body postures, bad lighting (fluorescent), and computer monitors etc. Computer users are highly susceptible to get eyestrain.
The symptoms of eyestrain are headaches, blurred vision, double vision, red eyes, burning sensation in eyes, and eye pain. Eyestrain can be avoided. Here’s how.
1) If your work demands you to sit in front of the computer for long periods, then try and take frequent breaks from work. Take a break of about 5 minutes every hour. Whenever possible look away from the computer now and then. When you are reading online documents, try to look away after every paragraph. This will relax your eye muscles. This is called the focus and re-focus technique, that does not allow the eye to get strained.
2) Try and blink your eyes, whenever you can. Blinking the eyes is nature’s way of giving your eyes a moist-massage now and then.
3) Try eye exercises like rotating your eyes in a clockwise and anti-clockwise direction. You can also use a soft ball to play a throw and catch game with your colleagues. Try to play these ball games everyday for a few minutes. These games relieve the eye of the strain due to constant focus on the computer screen. Take a break for coffee or a snack in the evenings.
4) Work in an area that is well lit.
5) If possible take ‘power naps’ post lunch. Power naps for about 15-20 minutes rejuvenate your energy levels and relax your eyes. Power naps can be taken by just shutting the eyes and going to a semi-conscious sleep. Remember to not fall asleep when doing this.
6) When you are outdoors, wear sunglasses. Eyestrain can be caused due to the squinting of the eye when in the sun. Sunglasses help you avoid that.
7) Have plenty of vitamin A rich food or include them in your diet. These are carrots, boiled spinach, sweet potato, apricots, broccoli, tomato, green beans, Brussels sprout, cucumber slices, papaya, milk etc.