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    3 ways to avoid strained eyesight while using laptops


    According to an article by University Health News, prolonged exposure to the LCD screens of tablets, laptops and smartphones may result in strained eyesight. With this in mind, it is important to know how to avoid strained eyesight while using these devices.

    Detecting strained eyesight

    To avoid strained eyesight, it is essential to know how to detect it. Strained eyesight may manifest itself in a variety of ways, including:

    • Inability to focus
    • Blurred vision
    • Dry, itchy, or teary eyes
    • Frequent necessity to squint
    • Muscle pain around your eyes
    • Headaches

    Citing several studies, the very same University Health News article also states that just an hour or two of looking at LCD screens may be responsible for causing:

    • The eyes to become less effective
    • Near-sightedness, or myopia
    • Photophobia, muscle pain and tension, blurred vision or itchiness
    • Dry eye disorders
    • Lack of tears leaving eyes exposed to gritty irritation, infection and foreign objects

    Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to avoid strained eyesight while using a tablet, laptop or smartphone.

    How to avoid strained eyesight

    The three main tips on how to avoid strained eyesight include:

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    1. Raising your seat: looking down onto screens can minimise eye strain by reducing the eye’s surface area exposed to the light of LCD screens
    2. Increasing contrast and reducing brightness
    3. Blinking regularly, slowly and deliberately

    Other steps you can take to avoid strained eyesight include moving further away from your screen and installing glare-reducing screen covers.

    Strained eyesight at work

    Your employer must assist you in your efforts to avoid strained eyesight by providing you with a chair and work station that can be adjusted to suit your height.

    This is in addition to taking effective measures to reduce glare as much as possible and giving you the opportunity to have regular breaks away from your screen.

    Illnesses and injuries

    Your employer must take all necessary, reasonable steps to prevent you having accidents at work or developing any kind of work-related condition.

    If you sustain a work injury or develop an occupational illness because this is not done, you may qualify for a work injury claim.

    Accident Advice Helpline

    Our team of in-house solicitors has more than 15 years of experience in securing industrial injury compensation for employees who have developed industrial illnesses or were hurt in work accidents for which someone else was responsible.

    To get their help in claiming for the compensation due to you, call us today on 0800 689 0500, or on 0333 500 0993 from your mobile.

    Date Published: August 1, 2016

    Author: Accident Advice

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