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Busy at work? Deadlines to meet? Worried your computer is ruining your eyes? Have no fear! Make these simple changes now and feel better!
Nowadays, pretty much everyone uses a computer. But those of use who sit at the desk all day long and spend 8+ hours staring at the monitor are going to be left with tired, red, sore eyes. These folks will also experience headaches, neck pain, nausea, back pain and myriad of other health issues. It’s time to make a change and it won’t even cost you a dime!
1. Take a break!!! There’s a rule known as the 20/20/20 Rule: Every 20 minutes, look 20 feet away for 20 secs. It’s important to relax the eyes by looking far away to reduce the strain from staring at a fixed distance (your computer) for too many hours. Imagine if you had to hold a dumbbell curled up all day long. How tired you would your biceps would be? You have to take a break. Go get a drink of water or make a bathroom run.
2. Dim It! Turn down the brightness on your monitor. When it’s too bright, you’re more likely to squint and it can be very uncomfortable after a long day. Squinting requires lots of muscles so having them tensed all day will likely cause a headache.
3. Drink up! Be sure to drink plenty of fluids and consume more healthy fats like Omega-3’s. Have a small cup of water (that way, you have to get up to refill it often, see tip #1) and a big bag of unsalted almonds by your side. This combo will provide healthy nutrients and proper hydration for that game of Solitaire you’re playing. Too much caffeine will also dehydrate your body, so go easy on the Venti cup.
4. BLINK! On average, a human will blink every 3-4 seconds. The average computer user blinks every 12-15 seconds. Your eyes rely on blinking to remove debris from the surface and refresh the tears that naturally evaporate.
So make these changes today and your eyes will start feeling better! Don’t forget to schedule your annual eye exam as well. People often buy new ergonomic chairs, keyboards, mouse pads and foot rests but forget how important a checkup is to their ocular health and comfort in the office.
-Dennis Cheng, O.D. dc optics
The other day I wanted to send my patient out for a surgical consult to fix his damaged corneas. He had been using his 2 week contacts as a 3-month contact and depriving his eyes of oxygen, resulting is rampant new blood vessel growth on his corneas. He also used Duane Reade contact solution and never rubbed his contacts. Fantastic.
So don’t be like him. Here’s some things you can change right now to save your sight:
1) Rub them! That contact lens solution isn’t magic. If it were, the soap industry would’ve picked up on it. Hey, look! No-scrub dish soap and scrubless shampoo! Rejoice!
2) Buy brand name solutions, not generics. It’s proven that the brand name solutions are better and safer than generics. And no, I don’t get a kickback. Ask your eye doc for the best one for your lens.
3) Wear them less! How would your feet smell if you wore your shoes for 18 hrs a day…EVERYDAY?! Take 1 day off a week and keep it under 14hrs a day, if possible. Remember to change them regularly too since they lose their integrity and breathability with time.
Hope you make these changes and take better care of your eyes! You’ve only got 2 of them.
Dr. Dennis Cheng
390 Myrtle Ave
Two good friends of mine recently made interesting comments. One said she had LASIK surgery and sees well so she didn’t feel the need for an exam. The other friend said he’s always seen well so didn’t think he needed a check up either.
It’s very easy for folks to think this way. Lots of people don’t see a regular primary care doctor unless something is wrong. However, seeing well or feeling okay and healthy aren’t reasons to not see a doctor. If someone has a nice smile, should they never see a dentist? Of course not! Think about athletes; they’re incredibly healthy but I bet you they see several doctors year round. Just like how routine maintenance on a car keeps it running well, so can routine health check ups.
We often look to doctors to fix problems but we should also count on them for preventative care and maintaining good health. A dilated eye exam can reveal signs of early disease such as diabetes and high blood pressure since these signs usually show up before the symptoms. So for all you naturally 20/20 patients and post-LASIK peeps, get yourself in here for a comprehensive exam to make sure your eyes stay healthy. It’s a lot easier to prevent a problem than to fix it.
Learning is Seeing.
-Dennis Cheng, O.D.
390 Myrtle Ave