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How to Protect Your Eyesight in a Virtual Workplace



Everybody knows that staring at any screen for too long can damage your eyes, and if you didn't- well, now you do. The blue light that is emitted from our phone, computer, and TV screens is dangerous for our eyes and can have a lasting negative impact. We have compiled a list of things you can do to protect your eyesight if your job requires you to work virtually.


Take Breaks

Giving your eyes a rest every once in a while is a great practice. If you have read any of our previous blogs, you’ll know that we recommend working in time increments so that you can boost your productivity, and also give your eyesight and brain a bit of a break. A popular practice for this is the 20/20/20 rule. For this, if you look at a screen for 20 minutes, you must look at something at least 20 feet away from you for 20 seconds.

Reduce Blue Light

An option for people who can’t breathe without their screens, is to reduce the blue light. Many phones and devices will have the option for reducing blue light by inverting the colours (your phone background will be black and buttons will be orange as opposed to blue).

You can also opt for blue light glasses. If you currently wear glasses, the addition of a blue light lens will prevent the blue light from straining your eyes. Blue light glasses are also available for people who don’t require glasses.


Keep Your Distance

When using your mobile devices, keeping a cautious distance from the screens is helpful in protecting your eyes. If you are holding your device further away but struggle to see the screen, try zooming in using the settings.

Regular Eye Exams

Ensuring that you’re staying on top of your eye health is vital. By scheduling regular eye exams, opthamologists will be able to identify deteriorating eyesight and analyze the health of your eyes. They can also provide valuable recommendations for further protecting your eyes.

Lighting

By making sure you have a well-lit room when working on screens, this can do wonders for your eyes. If you have too dark of a room, the brightness of your screen can strain your eyes (causing a headache), and do more damage than good.

However, if the lighting in the room you are working in is too bright (i.e. fluorescent lights) this can also make eye strain worse. A way to find the perfect balance between too light and too dark is to use lower voltage bulbs and make sure your ambient light is half as bright as the average office lighting.

Symptoms of Eye Strain

Some common symptoms of eye strain include:

  • Headaches

  • Blurred vision

  • Dry eyes (we subconsciously stop blinking when we’re staring at screens)

  • Neck and shoulder pain (the body signaling that something is wrong)


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