COVID eye care: Ways to keep your eyesight healthy working from home
Working from home has become the new normal in the times of the corona pandemic. While the government has started taking measures to steadily uplift the restrictions, many offices have chosen to allow their employees to work from home in the coming months too. In fact, social media giants like Twitter have given their employees an option to work from home forever!
While cases of this global pandemic are on a spike in India at a frightening pace, it is essential for all of us to take precautionary measures while going outside our home or being inside, working. In this blog, we'll tell how to take care of your eyes while spending a huge amount of time on desktops, laptops, etc.
COVID eye care tips are as follows:
- Re-do your home-office setup:
- Check the lighting of the working area:
- Take breaks
- Online meets? Use computer eyeglasses
- A quick walk or mini-workout, but make it a point to move
- Drink a lot of fluids and eat a healthy meal
Have you noticed the kind of setup you are working in? A wrong working setup can give you unbearable neck, back pain, and eye strain. Find a desk and chair that suits your sitting posture and lets you work with ease for hours. Keep a good distance between yourself and your system. Don’t sit too close to the screen as it Jun give you eye fatigue.
By now, you must have chosen a specific spot to work from home. Please make sure that your chosen place has ample lighting and fresh air. It is vital to blink at very short intervals and to keep seeing at distances for healthy eyes. Blinking keeps eyes hydrated and does not allow them to become dry. Dry eyes have their own set of disadvantages, like redness, pain, and itch. Stay away from all of this by choosing a place where exposure to both natural and indoor light is good enough.
Work from home doesn't mean that you need to stick to your screen for uninterrupted hours, like 9-5. Take breaks and allow your eyes and body to relax also. Staying on screen for long periods makes you prone to computer vision syndrome. You have to make sure that if your employer has decided to shut offices in the wake of corona for your safety, then it is your job to keep yourself sound and safe inside the home. Breaks are good to rejuvenate sight and the body.
The lockdown has made online meets via Zoom, etc, a new normal. So, if you are one of those who have no choice but to attend hours of calls online, then go for a pair of computer eyeglasses first. These zero power spectacles block most of the harsh and damaging lights coming from your screen. They have an anti-reflective coating that reduces glare and allows easy viewing. Thereby, adding up to the hours you can spend on the digital device.
Don't strictly confine yourself to work quarters. Walk around your home between work or manage time and chart out a mini-workout plan for yourself. Getting your head out of the workspace and indulging in some quick interesting task can be healthy to your eyes and body. Doing so can boost and restore your productivity.
Summers are on its peak and staying hydrated has become the need of the hour. Staying indoors makes you feel less thirsty than working outside. But make sure to keep drinking water, fruit juices, and healthy beverages to stay hydrated and maintain fluid in the eye. The fluid washes away the debris and dust every time you blink. Apart from this, your body and eyes require an adequate amount of nutrientsto function healthily. Eat a balanced diet. Keep a check on weight as well. People are munching a lot in the lockdown period leading to obesity. Eat in a controlled manner and don't miss out on your workout for a healthy body.
Centre for Sight is always there for your eye care needs. Eye care in the times of COVID has become vital. It is essential to refrain from anything that can make you prone to computer vision syndrome. If you have any symptoms of digital eye strain or computer vision syndrome, please consult an ophthalmologist at the earliest. At CFS, our eye care specialists are well equipped to treat CVS and related eye ailments.
Article: COVID Eye Care: Ways to Keep Your Eyesight Healthy
Author: CFS Editorial Team | Jun 27, 2020 | UPDATED 04:25 IST
*The views expressed here are solely those of the author in his private capacity and do not in any way represent the views of Centre for Sight.