July 26, 2006

Eye care for computer users

For those of you, who have to work for long hours on the computer, your eyes are put to undue strain. Here are a few tips on how to relax them.

* Don’t work on a computer for long hours at a stretch. Take short breaks in between. Take a stroll outside in the fresh air for a few minutes. Observe greenery and all green things around. Green color is said to be soothing and relaxing to the eyes. This will give your eyes, the much needed rest.
* If you can’t take a break, then at least look at distant objects either in your office or outside. Looking at a distant object and then returning to your task helps your eyes focus better. Blink your eyes frequently. Try taking such visual breaks for about five to 10 minutes every hour.

* During breaks, splash water on your face while closing your eyes. This has an overall relaxing effect on the eyes.
* Exercise your eyes. A very simple and easy way to exercise your eyes at work is to keep your eyes closed and then roll your eyeballs both clockwise and anticlockwise for a minute. Then open your eyes and get back to work. It serves as a good workout for the eyes.
* Rest your elbows on the desk and rub your palms against each other till you feel them warm. Then, lightly cup your eyes with your palms and imagine complete blackness in front of you, and relax for a minute. The warmth of your palms helps soothe and relax tired eyes. The more black the color that is seen when palming, the more is the relaxed state of the eyes. Do this relaxing exercise as often as you can.
* Using a pair of antiglare glasses while working on a computer can reduce the strain on the eyes to a certain extent. Anti glare glasses used for night driving also serve the purpose equally well. If you wear contact lenses, wear a pair of zero powered antiglare glasses for the same purpose.
* If you are working in an air-conditioned office it could lead to dry eyes. Do not sit facing the air-conditioner. Use re-wetting eye drops after consulting your ophthalmologist, if the problem is aggravated.
* Visit your ophthalmologist once every six months or earlier if there is a problem with your eyes.
* Drink plenty of water. It helps reduce puffiness. When a person is dehydrated, especially in an air-conditioned office, the body starts storing water, which adds to puffiness around the eyes.

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  1. Abhijit4:31 PM

    Use screen protector
    Keep sufficient distance from screen
    Have sufficient light in the room
    Take rest for 10 minutes after 1 hour of working in the computer.

  2. Yasha4:13 PM

    DO NOT ATTEMPT TO REMOVE THE OBJECT. Stabilize the impaled object by placing bulky dressings on each side of the object and then securing the dressings together, or by placing a paper cup over the object and then securing to the face.Foreign bodies such as dirt, sand, wood or metal chips may cause tearing. Tearing may rid the eye of the foreign body. If the object remains in the eye, have the victim blink several times. If the object still remains in the eye, gently flush the eye with water

  3. Navaneet3:52 PM

    Position your monitor about one arm’s length away from you and at or just below eye level, so that you don’t strain your neck to make out what’s on the screen. The proliferation of laptops with high screen resolutions makes words appear like ants on 15″ and smaller screens. Learn how to pump up the system font size on your Windows XP and end your eye-popping days. For Mac users, you can’t change the system font size globally. You can either change the font size for individual application or use the Zoom function.

  4. Anonymous5:20 PM

    Our brain receives sensory information from our eyes giving us a clear picture of our surrounds. Therefore keeping them in optimum shape will ensure proper signals being received by the brain insuring consequential action and reactions. If your vision is deteriorating your life performance will be affected.

  5. Eye expert10:01 AM

    For continuous work at computer, a work break of 5 to 10 min/hr is recommended

  6. Mithun5:43 PM

    Avoid direct eye-contact with sun. Also, avoid sudden change in light intensity(dark/light). Close eyes for 3-4 sec in new surrounding. It helps your cornea to adjust accordingly.

  7. Anonymous9:25 AM

    there is a technique of changing vision distance from far away to close and back again repeatedly. i printed out how to do it a long time ago and i could find it again if i wanted to.but so can you. just look for natural vision cures. might take a while but it's out there somewhere.might even be under something like yoga and vision. i think it has something to do with Indian natural cures.

  8. If you wear glasses don't put them on as soon as you get up. Your eyes will work stronger to see. Once you put glasses on your eyes get "lazy"

  9. unknown8:53 AM

    Enhance, Vitamin A in daily diet found in red/black carrots, green leafy veggies.
    Try to eat'em raw, but after thorough washing.
    Get up early morning and walk bare-footed on green grass having dew.
    If u want, can collect the dew droplets present on tree leaves and pour it gently into ur eyes.
    Avoid direct eye-contact with sun. Also, avoid sudden change in light intensity(dark/light). Close eyes for 3-4 sec in new surrounding. It helps ur cornea to adjust accordingly.

  10. Anonymous8:19 AM

    Lenses, prisms and vision therapy are effective treatments for strabismus (turned eyes). An evaluation for vision therapy should be done before surgery is considered.

  11. Eye Expert8:20 AM

    Vision problems can profoundly affect our lives: our ability to perform tasks, our self-esteem, and our interactions with others. 20/20 is only one small piece of the picture.

  12. Amarnath9:57 AM

    Have Amla powder washed down with milk to improve your eyesight.


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