Are you one of the million employees that is always in front of a computer? Or a student with a lot of readings to do and papers to write? Maybe you just love playing computer games and spend most of your time relishing the victories you give to your virtual team. If you answered yes to any of the descriptions above, chances are that you have had some problems or two eye strain.
Eye strain is an eye-opening phenomena many of us have experienced as our generation has more exposure to technological devices. Most often than not, these multi-functional gadgets consist of little or larger-than-life screens. While it is truly a pleasure to use these technological advancements, there is no denying that we abuse these to daunting extents.
In spite of the fact that there is no one stopping you from using these devices, it is best to give your eyes the well-deserved tender loving care. Because at the end of the day, our eyesight and lives would suffer tremendously if we do not take up some safety precautions.
If you are still looking for a sign that your eyes need some love, read on to know what you can do for your tired and strained eyes.
You Are What You Eat
As we are all dependent on technology, it is alright to keep using it. However, here are some tips to make sure that you would still see the light of the day because of your beautiful eyes.
For starters, take note of what you are consuming. We are not talking about the nature of your world wide web searches-- this is about the type of foods and additional supplements that you are supplying your body. As a child, you may have heard your mother say that carrots are good for your eyes. Mothers do always know what is best which is as carrots are rich in Vitamin A and beta carotene.
Vitamin A is generally good for your eyes because it is a component of rhodopsin. This protein helps the retina to effectively absorb light. Beta carotene on the other hand aids in the production of Vitamin A-- and we all know that the more Vitamin A, the clearer our eyesight gets.
In addition to the benefits of carrots, fatty fishes, nuts, flax, and chia seeds are also great sources of omega-3 fatty acids to aid your eyes. These fatty acids cannot be produced by our human bodies so it is best to get the required amount through a healthy diet. Once you have incorporated these super foods in your daily diet, you will feel relief from dry eyes caused by too much time on the computer or your smartphone screens. If for some reason you cannot take foods with omega-3 fatty acids, try supplementary fish oils that are readily available in every market.
Speaking of nuts, these along with legumes are truly little gifts that keep on giving. Aside from the aforementioned omega-3 fatty acids, these super foods are also packed with high levels of Vitamin E that is especially helpful for the adults with eye conditions that can even lead to vision impairment.
These vitamins and nutrients are just some of the things that can help with your eye strain problems. Remember, what you take into your body has an effect on how it would function so it is best to stick to a healthier diet no matter how busy you are.
Now that you know what are the best foods to lessen eye strain and optimize your vision’s health, it is time for your habits to be the focal point.
Switch on your lights, look around your workstation and thoroughly inspect the interiors of your room or office. Notice anything amiss? If not, then I have got some bad news for you. More often than not, we tend to get used to our working or studying environment. It becomes too easy to think dismiss the fact that some of the things inside our workstation is worsening our eye strains.
With that in mind, take note of the lighting position of your productive space. If you tend to do more readings or prefer a closer approach with your work, consider positioning your lights from your behind while making sure it directly illuminates your projects. When your light source is coming behind your back, this position ensures that your eyes are safe from the direct glare of your light.
While it is important for you to work hard, it is best if you also do it smartly. Which is why, breaks are as important as the amount of time you pour into your job. By taking some time off your computer screen or reading materials, you save your eyes from the pain those can cause. Try the 20-20-20 rule where for every 20 minutes, you must focus at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Less eye strain in turn, makes you more of an effective student or employee since you can focus on giving your best and not just your everything-- as there is a stark contrast between the two. These rests and breaks give your eyes some much needed relaxation from carrying the brunt of your work.
If dry eyes are what you suffer from, your space’s air quality might be the cause. Consider investing in humidifiers that are safe to use with essentials oils. Lavender essential oils in particular is the best choice for dry eyes. Not only that, it can also alleviate your stress because of its calming properties. Adjusting your thermostat is another solution to alleviate dryness caused by eye strain. If that cannot be done, placing your seat in a different area will do you good as well.
A Sight For Your Strained Eyes
Now that you have looked at your workstation’s surroundings, it is time to have a gander at the desk and chair that you are using.
To enlighten you, your posture plays a huge part in preventing eye strains. Which is why aside from spending your hard earned money on lights, dehumidifiers, and whatnot, your office ergonomics also matter.
If you are using a plain old desk, why not upgrade to a standing desk? The ever-so-gorgeous, Kana Bamboo Standing Desk (Eco & Pro) by FlexiSpot helps you to improve your posture, thereby allowing your eyes to properly focus on your monitor screen or books-- this fact greatly decreases your chances of developing eye strain. This ergonomic standing desk also aids your healthy lifestyle by giving you the option to stand up while working. Think that this standing desk may not suit your height? No worries! The Kana is all about inclusiveness as well as being eco-friendly to the environment
Your eyes are the windows to your soul. If it is broken, chances are that it can greatly affect your work. After working so hard to get where you are now, you would never let eye strain impair your vision for your future.
At FlexiSpot, your comfort and great future are the utmost priority. Through concocting the perfect ergonomic solutions for your office, FlexiSpot offers standing desks that are not only meant to alleviate the pain of too much sitting, we also cater to your tired and strained eyes.