Tuesday, 28 July 2020 21:47

Work From Home Reminder: Take Care of Your Eyes

Written by CDO COVID19 Response Team

Movement restrictions from the quarantine imposed in the Philippines has forced Filipinos to adapt to work-from-home arrangements. Even students are starting classes now online. 

While this provided for protection for many Filipinos, it has adversely affected their eye health as they now sit for long hours in front of their gadgets. 

The harsh radiation coming from glaring screens, forgetting to blink for long periods of time, and getting less rest because of flexible schedules all contribute to the degeneration of eye health. 

Below are some ways to make sure that your eyes are in top shape. 

  • Eat healthy
    The food you eat is important in taking proper care of your eyes. Fish with high omega-3 fatty acid content such as tuna, fresh fruits, and deep yellow and green leafy vegetables can help improve eyesight. 
  • Exercise regularly
    Exercising regularly helps prevent diseases such as diabetes, cardiac problems from high cholesterol and high blood, and morbid obesity. These problems lead to eye or vision problems. 
  • Wear protective eyewear
    Wear sunglasses when going out especially during noontime. Regularly consult with your eye doctor and wear prescription glasses when advised. Special anti-radiation lenses are available for people who work in front of computer screens. 
  • Avoid smoking 
    Smoking increases the risk of developing macular degeneration, damage to the optic nerves, and other age-related eye problems.
  • 20-20-20 rule
    To reduce eye strain from working in front of the computer, every 20 minutes, look for a space about 20 feet and stare for 20 seconds.

Related read: https://medlineplus.gov/eyecare.html