The health and wellness gurus at Well+Good posted an interesting article which discusses the need for women to pay better attention to their eye health, and we couldn’t agree more. W+G also shed some light on a recent American Academy of Ophthalmology report, which stated women are more likely to suffer from chronic dry eye, inflammation, and vision impairment when compared to men. While we all know it’s important for everyone to prioritize their eye health, women, it seems, should pay special attention to this issue! With the many problems that can arise at work, there’s no reason to add eye strain to the list.
What Should You Do About it?
Well+Good offers some helpful tips for eye health, and thus increased productivity for women in the workplace. Today we expand on some of their great ideas:
- Keep Computers at Arm’s Length: Keeping your computer no closer than 25 inches from you reduces immediate exposure. Seeking to reduce blue light exposure while you work is one simple way to help.
- Follow the 20-20-20 Rule: Although reducing exposure to blue light while using the computer is good, taking a break is also very important. The 20-20-20 rule states that you should “look at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds every 20 minutes.” This breaks up the constant exposure to harmful blue light, and allows your eyes some much needed relaxation.
- Be Aware of Screen Brightness: This rule is simple: if your screen is brighter than the light source in the room, it’s too bright. High screen brightness, high blue light exposure; keep your brightness to a reasonable level relative to the light in the rest of the room.
- Wear Glasses Rather Than Contacts: Contacts force your eyes to focus and refocus. Some of this strain is taken off when wearing glasses, which help your eyes relax, and do much of the focusing for them.
One Important Addition
One other very important note W+G added to the final tip in this list is not to just wear glasses rather than contacts, but to wear “blue-light blocking specs.” All of these tips are incredibly timely and helpful, but this last bit of advice deserves special attention.
Self-awareness is essential in increasing eye health in a busy work environment, as most of these tips note, but sometimes we lose track of ourselves. Deadlines approach, tasks are added, and stress builds. When that happens, GUNNAR’s got your back. Whenever you know you’re going to be behind a screen at work without much chance for a substantial break, wear GUNNAR and protect your eyes no matter what’s thrown at you.
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