How Can I Keep My Eyes Healthy in the Office?

Eye Health

If you work in an office, you probably spend a lot of time looking at a computer screen. This can put a strain on your eyes and cause problems like dry eye, eye fatigue, and headaches. Here are some tips to help you keep your eyes healthy in the office:

1. Adjust the position and level of your screen

You'll need to adjust the position and level of your screen to see it comfortably. If you're sitting too close to your screen, it will be difficult for you to focus on the words or images on the screen. If this is the case, move back from your monitor to keep your eyes about an arm's length away from it. Also, make sure that the computer is at eye level so that there's no strain on your neck as you work.

Another thing to keep in mind: Make sure there's enough light around for comfortable reading (think about what happens when there are lots of windows behind someone who works at a desk). This will help prevent eye fatigue because bright lights have been shown to cause more eyestrain than dim ones do! And finally—and this might sound obvious—but make sure there isn't glare coming off of any part of your machine (like its monitor), or else everything will be reflected into one big blurry mess!

2. Use eye drops to lubricate your eyes

You can help protect your eyes by using preservative-free eye drops. These will keep your eyes moist and lubricated, which is critical to avoiding dryness. Preservative-free drops are available here in a variety of formulations for different symptoms. 

You should use these drops as often as necessary to keep your eyes from becoming irritated. That usually means one or two times per hour while working in front of a computer screen all day long, especially if you wear contact lenses. If you don't have any other symptoms of dry eye syndrome, such as redness or irritation around the edges of your eyeballs, then once per day should be enough to prevent any serious damage from happening to your corneas and conjunctiva (the thin membrane that covers most parts of both irises).

3. Take the right supplements

Omega-3 fatty acids are one option for keeping dry eyes at bay. The carotenoids lutein, zeaxanthin, and vitamin E are also helpful for macular degeneration. If you have cataracts, try adding vitamins A, C, and E to your supplement regimen; zinc is another excellent way to protect the lenses of your eyes from UV damage when you're in the sun (or staring at a computer screen). And night blindness is often caused by vitamin A deficiency; consider taking 25000 IU per day if it's an issue for you. Check our range of supplements here to find the best ones for you.

4. See your eye doctor regularly for check-ups

Make sure to schedule regular eye exams. Your eye doctor will conduct a test called a visual acuity test and refraction, during which he or she will measure your eyes' ability to focus at different distances. You'll also be checked for common vision problems such as near-sightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.

Your eye doctor may also ask you to participate in other tests if they suspect there's something else going on with your eyes. For example, if you have dry eyes or cataracts — both common among office workers — they will perform additional tests to see what's causing these problems.