How to take care of your eyes?

If you are one of those avid computer users who squints at the screen all day, and even if you’re not, read on. Eyes strain is something that affects all of us. But with little care, we can avoid discomfort, and make both work and play more enjoyable.

Why so eyes dry out?
Says Dr H.K.Tewari, Senior Consultant, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi: “If you blink 15 times a minute under normal circumstances, then you do so only five-to-six times while sitting before a computer monitor.” The reduced rate of blinking decreases 60 per cent of the oil secretion that lubricates our eyes, thus, increasing evaporation from the eye surface. Result: irritation, itching and discomfort.
The remedy: make a conscious effort to blink

Corrected vision and computer use:
If you wear contact lenses, you may think that your eyes are protected by the solution you added to moisten the lenses, but that solution will protect you only for 10 minutes. Eyes dry quicker for contact lens users. Says Dr Rishi Mohan, Senior Consultant, Fortis Hospital, New Delhi:” Avoid using contact lenses while working on computers as they tend to increase the dryness of the eyes.”

Precautions: Follow the 20-20-20 rule. Says Dr Mohan: “ After every 20 minutes of work, look 20 feet away from the computer screen for 20 seconds. This will also give your eyes a chance to refocus.”

Maintain distance : Maintain a good distance from the computer screen. Says Dr Tewari: “ Sit approximately 22-28 inch away from it. The centre of the computer screen should be 4-5 inches below your eye level.”Right posture: Check your posture from time to time to ensure the above. Says Dr Mohan: “Use adjustable chairs so that you can maintain good posture by adjusting it to your needs.”


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