February 1, 2021

Eye Strain – Working From Home? Don’t Ruin Your Vision

We use screens for just about everything. From our desktop computers to our smartphones, screens are ubiquitous. Do you have dry, tired eyes at the end of the day? Maybe all of that time you spend on digital devices is the culprit?  

Working From Home & Eye Strain

The strain on our eyes is almost unavoidable, especially amongst those who work from home. We used to have face-to-face meetings and all of those Zoom sessions can take a toll. There are a few items you can do to alleviate and lessen eye strain. 

  • Try blinking more 
  • Change your screen brightness 
  • Change the font or colour (make text larger) 
  • Try a hidden gem, like “Reader Mode” 
  • Get a better monitor
  • Make sure you have good lighting 

Blue Light 

Personally I found anti-reflective and blue light tint lenses for my glasses helped. It’s not perfect, but they’ve definitely helped over the past year. While some forms of blue light are good, certain blue-violet light strains may be harmful to the eyes. My eyes are precious to me, so anything that helps keep them running in top condition helps. With the role of digital devices increasing it’s a shame regular eye exams are not covered by OHIP in Ontario. I often wonder, as we continue to go digital, what effect will be on the populace in upcoming years. My only advice, to all the digital workers out there, is to look after you first. As always, don’t forget to put yourself first. Be well my friends. 

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You may not have time for an all-inclusive vacation or all of life's comforts, but that doesn't mean you can't prioritize your health. Do not let stress take hold, remember you can't pour water from an empty cup. Keep connected and take care of yourself first my friend.