Eyestrain. Difficulty focusing. Blurred vision. Dry eyes.
Do any of these symptoms sound familiar to you? Working all day on a computer can be pretty tough on your eyes and, chances are, you’ve experienced one or all of these symptoms at some point. Computer vision syndrome, unfortunately, is more common than most people would like to admit, and it can leave your eyes feeling pretty fatigued by the end of a workday. But your desktop environment doesn’t have to be riddled with these negative effects. Specialty eyewear can be optimized to help make staring at a computer screen a little less painful!
Computer eyewear is designed to keep your eyes comfortable, but it actually does a lot more than that. These glasses can help make you more productive and keep your energy levels up, thanks to their anti-glare and blue light-blocking lens tint technology! And your prescription can be slightly altered to accommodate the intermediate viewing distance between you and your computer, too. It’s kind of a win-win.
Benefits of computer eyewear:
- Wider viewing areas in the intermediate zone
- Blue-blocking lens treatments
- Non-glare treatments
Remember, you can do more than just wear computer eyewear to keep your desktop environment comfortable. Make sure your desk, chair, digital devices, keyboard, and your mouse are at the appropriate heights and distances to reduce the risk of back or neck pain. Take frequent breaks to stretch.
How can computer eyewear help you? Schedule an appointment with us to find out!
During peak allergy season (spring and fall), avoid being outdoors as much as possible. This will reduce the risk of being in direct contact with free-floating allergens and will lessen the chances of the pesky pollen sticking to your clothing.
Maintain a strict shower regimen. Consider switching to night showers if you don’t already to remove stubborn allergens from your hair and skin. A hot shower also helps clear nasal passages, so you can breathe easier at night. Make sure you are washing your hands frequently, too, especially if you have pets.
Do the Laundry
To save face, keep the bedding clean from any pollen, dust, and dander that can accumulate on your sheets and pillowcases. It might be helpful to invest in a mattress cover to protect your sensitive eyes from dust mites looking for a cozy rest stop. Remember, pets can cause allergy symptoms to heighten, so consider keeping the animals outside the bedroom.
Itchy eyes are the worst, but try to maintain a “laissez-faire” approach when it comes to your face. Using your hands to itch, rub, or otherwise keep in contact with your face increases the chance of additional bacteria and allergens getting under your skin. Resisting the temptation to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth can help with symptom flare-ups.
Heading to a friend’s house or to see relatives for the weekend? Ask about the allergen situation of the home, especially if they have pets or live in the country. Knowing possible triggers ahead of time can help you prepare better, even if that just means packing a few extra boxes of tissues.
If you find it difficult to stay indoors, even during high allergy counts, cover up as much as possible. Sunglasses, in addition to protecting you from harmful UV light, can act as a buffer between air-borne allergens and your eyes. During allergy season, your eyes are generally more sensitive to light anyway, so opting for the shades will be a win-win.
Especially if you have pets, keeping the house allergy-proof is necessary for helping reduce allergy symptoms. Make sure carpets and upholstery are vacuumed regularly. Switch out furnace filters in the winter and keep the air conditioner running in the summer to ensure the house has clean air.
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