COVID 19: Ways to prevent eye fatigue during work from home
As the world transitions to work from home during COVID 19 crisis, devices such as laptops, mobiles and tablets have become a regular part of our lives, and people have been spending even more time looking at screens. Add to this, improper level of light, stress and already existing eye problems and you get the perfect recipe for severe eye disorders. However with more and more individuals adapting themselves to work from home, one common eye problem that people are now complaining about is the problem of eye fatigue or Asthenopia. But, before we delve further into it, let's have a look at its standard definition as per Ophthalmology.
Asthenopia or eye fatigue is defined as fatigue or tiring of the eyes that is usually characterised by dim vision and frequent headaches.
Anyone can suffer from eye fatigue or eye strain as it is a commonly occurring ailment. People might feel the effects of eye fatigue while doing any routine activity that could range from reading a newspaper to looking at device screens. Eye specialists are of the view that eye fatigue can go unnoticed until people take a break from what they are doing. While usually the effects of eye strain last for a few minutes, they can, at times, persist for several hours and a few associated symptoms include factors like:
Frequent Eye pain:
Sore Neck And Shoulders :
People suffering from eye fatigue usually complain of pain in and around the eyes.
Headache that is usually accompanied by blurred or double vision.
Patients also complain of itchy, burning and tired eyes along with a few reflex symptoms such as nausea, twitching of facial muscles, and migraine.
People suffering from eye fatigue often complain of having sore necks, sore shoulders along with back pain. At times, people also suffer from photophobia which is defined as an increased sensitivity of the eyes towards light sources.
Some other symptoms of eye fatigue include difficulty in concentrating and experiencing watery or dry eyes while working on screens coupled with headaches that can vary from mild to severe.
Causes of eye strain
Now that we are aware of the definition and probable symptoms, let's have a look at a few causes that contribute towards eye strain which is known as ocular strain in the field of ophthalmology.
- Eye fatigue can occur after long periods of focusing your eyes on activities like reading, driving, or even working on something like creative tiny DIY crafts and playing video games without taking intervals at appropriate intervals of time.
- Another factor that contributes to it majorly is the frequent use of digital devices like smartphones and other electronic devices like Tablets and Television.
- Long hours of surfing the internet or reading text messages and emails can also prove to be extremely taxing on the eyes, as the eyes must strain to understand the small fonts.
- A few other causes of eye strain can include factors like reading for long periods, driving long distances and exposure of eyes to bright light or glare, especially to the blue light emitted from devices like laptops, tablets and smartphones.
Eye fatigue treatment
Eye fatigue can be cured through simple home treatment at the initial stages. A few suggested lifestyle tips that can be put into practice and can help go a long way in curing eye fatigue or eye strain.
Adjusting the lights:
Flexing and blinking:
Increase water intake and add antioxidants to diet:
It is advisable to keep the room softly lit while watching television and keeping the light source at the back while directing the light on the page while reading printed materials. However, in case of reading at a desk, it is suggested to use shaded lights positioned in front of the eyes.
Another advice that can help is the habit of taking occasional breaks and resting your eyes at regular intervals of time. Limiting screen time, especially in the case of children, who may not be able to make a connection between eyes fatigue and the need to rest their eyes regularly. It is however advised to go for an eye examination and medical advice in case eye fatigue persists.
Flexing is an eye exercise that stretches and strengthens the ocular muscles in the eye. At the same time, blinking is an excellent form of exercise to reduce eye strain and allows us to keep the eyes refreshed for longer.
Always remember to give your eyes adequate rest. If you are using computers, rest your eyes for 10 mins away from the screen after 50 minutes of work.
An antioxidant rich diet and enough water intake go a long way in keeping your body, including your eyes, healthy.
Experiencing eye fatigue? Working on laptop screens for long periods of time? Come to Centre for Sight today where our experienced team of eye specialists offer end-to-end treatment for addressing eye-related issues like eye fatigue or eye strain. Starting from detection to eye fatigue treatment, our ophthalmologists undertake a detailed eye examination and provide the best eye treatment for all eye ailments because we believe that every eye deserves the best.
Article: Ways to Prevent Eye Fatigue during Work from Home
Author: CFS Editorial Team | July 10 2020 | UPDATED 02:05 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.