As an IT professional, I spend more than eight hours on the computer. I know that this is not good for the eye sight but being in the information era, it is too difficult to shun away from the computer.
The computer is my everything! It helps me with my work, it provide me the means to communicate to the world, it serves me as a loyal entertainment box, and most importantly, it allow me to access information. The computer is tightly woven into the fabric of my daily life.
I know that working in front of the computer for too long are really bad for the eyes. It will cause eye discomfort, eye-strain, eye fatigue, headache, blurred vision, dry eyes, hypersensitivity to light and short-sightedness.
If you are one of the millions of people that work in front of the computer regularly, please protect your eyes. Your eyes is the window to the soul and keeping it at optimal health is utmost important.
To optimally protect your eyes for the near and long term, consider the following recommendations:
- Take a break from looking at your monitor every 20 to 30 minutes. Spend a minute or two looking far away into the distance. By doing this, you are helping the six muscles that control each of your eyes to relax and receive a rich flow of blood. If you cannot see the outdoors from your workplace or cannot easily move away from your workstation, look at things that are far away from your desk, for example the water cooler at the other end of the room.
- Place your monitor and adjust the window coverings in ways that help to minimize the glare from outdoor and indoor lights. The glare from these lighting can cause eye strain.
- If possible, get a flat screen monitor with the largest screen possible. A flat screen monitor helps to reduce glare from outdoor and indoor light, while a large screen gives your eyes more room to move, thus decreasing the amount of time that your eyes stare at a small region on your monitor.
- Place your monitor approximately 24 inches away from the eyes with the top of the screen at eye level. Make sure that your eyes can comfortably see the entire screen.
- Use larger font size that is manageable with the work that you do. The bigger the font, the less your eyes need to strain to see them.
- Remember to blink once or a few times. Blinking help coats the surface of your eyes with tears, keeping them moist and protected against dust.
It is also highly recommended that you take eye vitamins and supplements. Taking eye vitamins can help our eyes to stay healthy for a longer period of time. Vitamins for the eyes can also help to protect the eyes from many diseases.
The vitamins made for the eyes are:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin B2
The obvious way to nourish your eyes with these essential vitamins is through fruits, vegetables and nuts. For example, tomato and carrot is rich in Vitamin A, whereas oranges contain Vitamin C. Peanuts, Walnuts, Almonds are good source for Selenium and Zinc. Vegetables like Lima Beans, Spinach, Corn and Potatoes also contain the essential vitamins for the eyes.
If you have trouble in getting these nutrients into your daily diet, it is highly recommended to buy these vitamins off the pharmacy or supermarket shelves. However, please consult your physicians on your intake.
As for me, I like to drink my favorite Carrot and Orange Juice for some eye booster. On days when I am busy, I will rely on my Bilberry supplements.
Bilberry is the small dark fruit of a deciduous shrub native to Europe, akin to the North American blueberry. Bilberries contain powerful antioxidants that neutralize potentially dangerous free radicals in the body. Studies have shown that the active compounds in bilberries, known as anthocyanosides, may decrease the rate of macular degeneration. It has been shown to prevent cataracts, glaucoma and poor night vision.
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