An important part of self-care at work that’s often overlooked is proper eye care.
Most Americans use the internet or other screen-related technology as an important part of doing their daily jobs. Their eyes are working – and sometimes straining – to help them perform their work. Dry eyes can cause headaches, eye pain, and can certainly decrease your attention on work.
You’ll be surprised how much more productive you can be at work when your eyes are taken care of – and your boss will notice too! Here are some easy things you can do take care of your eyes.
Optometrists agree that one easy thing you can do to prevent dry eyes is follow the 20/20/20 Rule. According to this rule, every 20 minutes spent staring at something up close, like a screen or page, should be followed by 20 seconds of looking at something at least 20 feet away.
This helps your eyes to refocus and get into a normal blink pattern again.
If you make sure you’re getting enough water during the work day, your eyes will be a lot happier! When you’re dehydrated, your eyes can’t produce enough water to keep them from becoming dry.
Be Smart About Screen Exposure
Studies show that the blue light produced by our computer and phone screens can be damaging to our vision if our eyes are exposed to it for too long. As we’ve listed, optometrists recommend using the 20/20/20 Rule to protect your eyes.
Another way to save your eyes when using a screen is to make sure your eyes are at least 20 inches from your screen to reduce strain on your eyes and blue light exposure.
Go to Your Eye Doctor
Regular eye exams are an essential part of taking good care of your eyes. In you haven’t been to see an optometrist in the last 2-4 years, you should schedule an eye exam. Many eye diseases and health issues are more treatable the sooner they’re diagnosed.
And, if your eyes are dry because of seasonal allergies, your optometrist can often prescribe eye drops or artificial tears to help sooth your eyes.