Tips for Relieving Computer Eye Syndrome


Does your job involve sitting at a computer all day long? Do you spend your evenings surfing the net or playing online bingo? Computers may be very convenient, time saving, and entertaining, however, they also put your body under a great deal of strain. Not sitting properly or having an ergonomic workstation can play havoc on your body. The computer screen itself can also be a strain on your eyes. If you think your eyes might be suffering because of the hours you spend in front of electronic screens, here are some tips that will help reduce the problem.

What is Computer Eye Syndrome?

Also known as computer vision syndrome, or digital eye strain the symptoms include tired eyes, strained feeling eyes, dry eyes, blurry vision, headaches, shoulder and neck pain. These symptoms are caused by the glare from electronic devices and computer monitors. Research is showing that computer eye syndrome affects millions of people.

The reason it happens is that your eyes are staying focused on a close-range object, your computer monitor, for such a long time that your eye muscles become strained. They become increasingly fatigued over the course of the day and lose their ability to focus. If the condition is allowed to get worse, it can lead to increased muscle tension, decreased blinking, general discomfort, and several other symptoms.

Relieving and Preventing Computer Eye Strain

There are several things you can do if you think you’re suffering from computer eye strain. The first is to use lubricating eye drops. These will relieve dry, scratchy, and irritated eyes. The humidity levels in the room you’re sat in can also affect the dryness of your eyes. Ideal humidity is between 30 and 50%. A good routine to introduce into your working day is the 20-20-20 rule. While you’re working at your computer look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds, every twenty minutes. These short muscle breaks can delay eye fatigue and strain. Having your computer monitor at arm’s length and in line with your eyes will also help.

Many people use computer glasses because they’re meant to make focusing easier and require less effort. It’s possible to buy glasses online so you don’t need to worry about visiting an optician.

Having regular eye tests will mean you can get professional help for any issues that occur. Your optician will also be able to offer advice on how to reduce eye strain when working with computers.

Other Computer Related Health Problems

As well as affecting your eyes, prolonged computer use can cause a number of other issues. These include spinal problems from slouching in your chair, repetitive strain injuries in the wrists, and a general deterioration from leading a more sedentary lifestyle. Using an ergonomic mouse, a properly designed office chair and a workstation designed for computer use will make a big difference to your working day and your overall health.

You only get one pair of eyes, so it makes sense to look after them as best you can.

Why I Ditched my Love Affair with Meat

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I was raised on a diet that included fresh vegetables from the garden with a serving of meat on the side for every meal. Somewhere along the way I lost my love for the vegetables and meat started taking over my plate. It was a couple of years ago that a suddenly realised what was going on and decided things had to change. Unfortunately, it’s a worldwide epidemic and one that’s not doing our health or the planet any good.

The primary reason for my decision to ditch meat was concern about my own future health. The fact that I’d be helping to save the planet is an added bonus. One other reason for my change in eating habits is all to do with animal cruelty. As humans, we really aren’t all that good at rearing animals in a smart and caring way. Some of the programmes I’ve watched on TV and YouTube would put most people off their roast chicken dinner, bacon butty and grilled steak.

Thoughts about becoming a vegan entered my head. It appears to be really trendy right now, however, I just can’t see myself giving up eggs and cheese. To counter the environmental effect of this decision, we have a small flock of backyard chickens, and I have to say the eggs they produce are far superior to anything ever bought in a supermarket. I also try to buy cheese produced locally, preferably made using sheep or goats milk, rather than cows.

I seriously recommend giving vegetarianism a try, or if you can’t take such a bold step think about becoming a reducetarian. In other words, reduce the amount of meat in your diet. Instead of eating it as part of every meal cut it down to three times a week to start with and then once or twice a week. I’ve got the internet to thank for all the imaginative and I have to say really tasty meals I’ve been able to serve up over the last couple of years. If you want to know more I’ll be including some of my favourite recipes in another category.

If you’re still sitting on the fence, here are some facts that might make you change your mind:

Animals in factory farms are confined to spaces that are so small they can’t turn around, lie down or even stretch their limbs

Processed meats such as bacon and hot dogs are put in the same category of cancer risk as asbestos and cigarettes, according to the World Health Organisation

More greenhouse gases are emitted by the meat industry than all forms of transportation combined

Research has found that long-term vegetarians live on average 3.6 years longer than a meat eater

It takes 2,400 gallons of water (50 full bathtubs) to produce 1 pound of meat

Around seven football fields of land are bulldozed worldwide every minute to create room for farmed animals

These scary facts might make you think about what you’re putting in your mouth. Here are 5 more reasons why you should ditch meat, starting today.

You’ll have more energy – your body has to work much harder to digest meat than it does plant-based foods. How often do you feel like taking a nap after eating a hearty Sunday roast? Swap for wholefoods such as leafy greens and legumes and you’ll have much more energy. I have to concur that I’ve felt much lighter and more energetic since giving up meat.

It’ll help you stay slim – replace the processed meats in your diet with wholefoods and you’ll find it much easier to maintain a healthy weight.

To avoid disease – meat eating to excess is linked to a variety of cancers, heart disease, and diabetes. Red meat can also increase the risk of a stroke.

To save money – embrace a wholefood diet and you’ll actually save money. It’s a refreshingly cheap way to eat. If you have the opportunity to buy local produce it’s even better, or why not grow your own?

I hope I’ve managed to convince you to change your eating habits. But even if I haven’t, there’s no going back for me of that I’m certain.