Avoiding eye strain with computer work

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EYE FATIGUE: Symptoms can include eyes becoming dry, tired and read leading to blurred vision.

AROUND 13 million Spaniards suffer daily from eye fatigue and dryness as a result of frequent use of computers and electronic devices.

It can be a problem especially for those who work in offices where lighting or ventilation conditions are not adequate. However, according to international studies, seven out of 10 adults accept the symptoms of visual fatigue as ‘normal’ as the population has become more accustomed to the consequences of a digital lifestyle.

Spending at least two hours in front of electronic devices can lead to the eyes becoming dry, tired and red, leading to blurred vision and difficulty in focusing. Visual fatigue can also create physical discomfort such as headaches, neck, shoulder and back ache.

To try and prevent symptoms, it is recommended to rest every hour and look away from the screen. Remember to blink. It may sound simple, but constantly staring at the screen results in reduced blinking and this is essential for moisturising the eyes. Maintain the correct distance between your eyes and the computer screen. Sit parallel to the screen and ideally keep it 50cm from your eyes.

Temperature, humidity and ventilation can all put the eyes under strain if at extreme levels so it is important to check the humidity and ensure there is adequate ventilation.

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