Ergonomics for the Eyes: Simple Adjustments to Help Reduce Visual Fatigue

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Posted by: Arbor Centers for Eye Care in Visual Fatigue

Long touted as good for backs and necks, proper desk ergonomics are also important for the health and comfort of the eyes. In support of Workplace Eye Wellness Month in March, Arbor Centers for EyeCare and the American Academy of Ophthalmology is offering tips to desk workers everywhere whose eyes may need relief from too much screen time.

Many people who spend long hours reading or working on a computer for their jobs experience eye discomfort. Focusing on tiny type for hours on end can cause eye strain, fatigue and headaches. Staring at screens for long periods can also leave eyes parched, red and gritty-feeling.

“I have many patients who work long hours in an office setting, and it can be irritating to the eyes, causing dryness, strain, even blurriness,” said Natasha Herz, M.D., clinical spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. “Luckily, changing a few simple things in your environment and on your desk can help solve some of these problems.”

To help avoid workplace dry eye and eye strain, follow these eye ergonomics tips from the American Academy of Ophthalmology:

Those experiencing consistently dry red eyes or eye pain should visit an ophthalmologist, a physician specializing in medical and surgical eye care.

For more information on computers and eye strain, see the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s public information website at www.aao.org/eye-health.


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