Dry eyes are one of the most common office hazards. Staring at a computer screen in an air conditioned environment can cause dry eyes within an hour, according to a study published by the journal, Cornea. Dry eye syndrome is an uncomfortable condition that can cause burning, itching, redness and even blurred vision. If persistent dry eye syndrome is left untreated it could lead to more serious eye infections and cornea scarring. This is a condition that is not only irritating, but potentially dangerous. If you find yourself in dry environments (often A/C is the culprit for this syndrome) take these steps to keep your eyes healthy.
Take Frequent Computer Breaks
If you spend large periods of time at a computer make sure to rest your eyes every few minutes. Look away from the screen at something far from you to redirect your focus and gaze. You tend to blink less while looking at computer screens so keep in mind to blink often and consider taking notes by hand.
Eat Lunch Outdoors
Getting outside and away from A/C environments is good for the eyes and good for your health. The fresh air outside will often leave you feeling more refreshed than the recycled air in your office.
Remove Your Contacts
Contacts can often make dry eyes worse. The lens sits on moisture on the eye, and when the moisture level is depleted it can cause irritation and friction. Wear your contacts for shorter periods of time or skip them when the climate is overly dry.
Take a Cell Phone Break
If you find yourself glued to your smartphone during your time away from the computer, it could be making your eye syndrome worse. The small, bright, screens on today’s cell phones can cause great eye strain, so try to limit your time on them and check messages on larger screens later.
Use a Humidifier
Using a humidifier is a great way to bring in moisture in a dry home environment, especially if you often use A/C or heat. This is not only beneficial for your eyes but your sinuses and skin will thank you as well.
If you are using eyedrops frequently and find that your eyes are still uncomfortable, it may be time to seek out a professional care. Dry eyes, though often not serious, could also be a side effect of some medications or a symptom of some other ailment. Seeking a doctor’s advice is the best way to get to the bottom of your dry eye syndrome.
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