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    How to help your patients avoid eye injuries at work


    While severe eye-related trauma and injuries may be more prone to affect those working in industrial fields, the hundreds of thousands of people working at computer desk jobs are also at risk for eyestrain.

    For those people who spend large amounts of time at a computer screen or looking at papers, Dr. Fountain suggests patients employ the 20-20-20 rule. “Look away from the screen every 20 minutes to an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds,” she said. “There are also adjustments in their office ergonomically that can help, like placing the screen at least 25 inches away or using a matte filter to cut glare.”

    Dry and red eyes are increasingly common for people who work in front of a screen for extended periods of time because they do not blink enough. For these situations, patients can use artificial tears.

    Moreover, there are also lifestyle changes patients can incorporate into their lives to help prevention of eyestrain. Using a humidifier and consuming more omega-3 fatty acids by means of eating cold-water fish, flaxseeds, walnuts, or taking fish oil supplements are several potential interventions Dr. Fountain suggests. For more information on digital devices and eyestrain, visit the AAO website.

    Jolie Higazi
    Jolie is the Content Specialist for Ophthalmology Times. She can be reached at [email protected]

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