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
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:
- 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
- Increasing contrast and reducing brightness
- 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.
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Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice