Even as the world fights the coronavirus pandemic, there is another issue that threatens to affect human beings in a big way due to our abandoned and over dependence on gadgets. With our way of life and most of our transactions going online – be it buying groceries or doing bank transfers or work from home – being wired or connected to computers, Thinkpads or mobile phones has become the new normal. While this may have made our lives easier and movements restricted, it has severely impacted one of our key functional organs the eyes.
Children are more prone to this threat of ‘Computer Vision Syndrome’ due to unregulated e-learning as well as the usage of online streams for entertainment. 

When you’re cooped up at home, using eye-healthy strategies and techniques, such as taking screen breaks, eating eye-healthy meals, and wearing computer glasses, can save your eyes from needless pressure.

“Long-term use of electronic devices can activate a variety of eye problems, including dryness, itching, and redness, as well as squinting of eyes, watering, and headache,” said Dr Anup Rajadhyaksha (opthalmologist and medical Consultant for ENTOD International). What Does Our Expert Eye Doctor recommend? Keep Reading!!!

What can you do to maintain eye health while working from home?

During the lockdown, screen exposure has risen due to binge-watching your favourite web shows and working from home. From Online Classes to Meetings to Movies, Our Eyes Are Feeling Pandemic fatigue. Don’t take your eyes for granted.

Here are few protective measures you can take to maintain eye health.

What you eat determines your health

According to ophthalmologists, eating healthy is the only way to take care of your eye health. They also suggest that you try to obtain nutrition from healthy diet rather than pills via vitamin pills, etc.

A healthy diet also reduces your chances of becoming obese or contracting diabetes or hypertension which are a leading cause of eye problems. 

What should your plate look like if you want to keep your eyes healthy? 

“It’s pretty much the same as every other good, nutritious meal. Leafy green vegetables that you can get your hands on like large spinach or kale salad and collards with colourful veggies on top. The nutrients lutein and zeaxanthin found in green leafy vegetables have been shown to help reduce the incidence of various eye diseases,” Dr Rajadhyaksha said.

According to the National Institutes of Medicine, vitamin A, which can be contained in vivid yellow and orange vegetables, including carrots and sweet potatoes, red peppers and yellow bell pepper improves eye health. All kinds of seeds and nuts – walnuts, peanuts, cashews, chia seeds, hemp seeds, flax seeds.

Fruits like bananas, grapes, and mangoes are high in vitamin C and other antioxidants, which tend to prevent eye diseases. Omega 3s are excellent for tear formation, which relieves dry eyes, so salmon, trout, sardines, mackerel, anchovies, herring etc. or other cold-water fish should be a part of an optimal diet. Eggs, soybeans, milk products and similar vegetarian protein sources should be include every day.

Your eyes need a break

“Close your eyes for a few seconds every 15-20 minutes and take a rest from staring at a screen. Every two hours, massage the muscles surrounding your eyes or wash your face. Avoid rubbing your eyes with your hands as it can cause infection. Blink often if your eyes are dry.

If you’re going to use screens, make the most of it by practising a new workout routine or mastering a new skill. You can restrict your computer time this way, and you’ll be more concentrated on other stuff.

Constantly working in front of a screen and not peeling your eyes for a long time may result in Computer vision syndrome. It causes eye strain, blurry vision, and discomfort.

Buy good-quality glasses that block blue light

Blue light emitted by screens is harmful to our eyes, especially if we expose our eyes to it for a long period. Computer glasses, also known as blue-light-blocking glasses, have become more common as a means of alleviating the effects of digital eye pressure.

 Blue-light-blocking glasses’ lenses are often tinted a mild shade of yellow, which counteract blue light and reduces eye strain and possible damage. If that isn’t enough of an excuse to get a pair, blue-blocking lenses are often critical when using your tablets late at night or before bedtime.

This is because the blue light released by your laptop late at night will make falling asleep more challenging. Also, working under a neon light or in a dark space is not a good idea. While operating and reading in dim light should not impair vision, it may trigger eye strain,” Dr Rajadhyaksha explained.

Connect with family and pets

Finally, spend your quality time with your family, whether it’s your parents, or siblings or your pet. Spending time with each other would make you feel comfortable and give you a break from your computer and desktop. You can play an indoor game that will keep you occupied.