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Tips for Protecting Your Eyes in the Office – Part 1

September 8, 2013

Considering the amount of time we spend in the office and the intensity of reading that is involved on a continuous basis – both on the computer and reading of small print on documents – eye strain, headaches and visual discomfort are the most common office related health complaints.

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The most obvious signs of eye strain are blurred vision, dry, irritated eyes, or headaches that become more severe while focusing at a computer screen. As these can lead to physical fatigue, poor concentration, loss of productivity, increased work errors and eventually deteriorating eyesight; here are nine useful tips to care for your eyes in the workplace.


Here are 3 tips on how to protect your eyes while in the office:


  1. Don’t “overwear” or mishandle your contact lenses.

It is very important to follow the proper instruction of contact lens use. Misappropriate length of wear and inadequate cleaning of lens can lead to a variety of eye infections, including some that might even cause blindness. Your eyes will get drier the longer you wear your contact lenses. If you are expecting a long day at work, do remember to bring along a pair of glasses and wear it in place of your contact lens when your eyes gets too dry in the later part of the day.


  1. Work in good lighting.

Office work is often visually demanding and has always required good lighting for maximum comfort and productivity. Try to angle your monitor away from light sources and windows, and make sure there is no light reflecting off the monitor, as this can also cause visual disturbances.


  1. Adjust the brightness and contrast of your computer screen.

Adjust the display settings on your computer so the brightness of the screen is about the same as your work environment. Tweak the brightness and contrast according to your preference to provide the best working condition.

I will provide you with more tips in a later posting. 🙂


2 Comments leave one →
  1. Vivien Ng permalink
    September 8, 2013 3:57 pm

    I love to read your article. Very informative. Thanks

    • September 8, 2013 4:24 pm

      Hi Vivien,
      Thanks very much for your kind comment. I really appreciate it. 🙂

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